Sol LeWitt

Directed by Chris Teerink

72 minutes / Color
Dutch; Italian / English subtitles
Release: 2014
Copyright: 2012

"Conceptual artists leap to conclusions logic cannot reach," Sol LeWitt (1928-2007) said in a rare audio-interview from 1974. Notoriously camera-shy, Lewitt refused awards and rarely granted interviews, yet in Chris Teerink's sensitive cinematic portrait, the pioneering conceptual American artist comes alive.

LeWitt's artwork can be seen as obsession pushed to the limit of paradox and absurdity: simple ideas, communicated simply-often with a set of instructions sent by fax-lead to overwhelming visual and intellectual complexity. For example, to create Wall drawing #801: Spiral, a white line spirals down the black wall of a cupola 3.2 miles long. The film documents the piece's 2011 installation in Maastricht, the Netherlands, which takes eight assistants 30 days to complete. When the painstaking work is done and the scaffolding taken away, the result is the transformative.

Using extensive interviews and documentation of artwork installed around the world, in the acclaimed documentary Sol LeWitt, director Chris Teerink explores the artist's work and philosophy.

"Eye-catching and informative... Both an accessible introduction and a piece of advanced criticism. "Sol LeWitt" will help you understand the art it depicts and allow you to appreciate those aspects of it that surpass understanding." —A.O. Scott, The New York Times

"Chris Teerink's superb film documents the work of artist Sol LeWitt, whose legacy lies not only in past accomplishments, but in the work he left for others to complete." Chuck Wilson, The Village Voice

"An elegant meditation on one of the most distinctive bodies of work in contemporary art." John DeFore, The Hollywood Reporter

"Set to a marvelous score by Dutch ambient composer Rutger Zuydervelt… Teerink's reserved, spare form mirrors LeWitt's work, which gives it tremendous impact." Jordan Hoffman, The Dissolve

"Lives up to its subject with skillful handling and insightful ideas." Eric Monder, Film Journal International

"Excellent! Teerink captures LeWitt and the aesthetic force of his works in newly revelatory, consummate form." Paul d'Agostino, The L Magazine

"Lewitt helped establish Conceptualism and Minimalism as dominant movements of the postwar era. [His] deceptively simple geometric sculptures and drawings and ecstatically colored and jazzy wall paintings established him as a lodestar of modern American art." —Michael Kimmelman, The New York Times

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  • Best Film,International Festival of Films on Art ArtFIFA Montreal
  • Best Documentary, Festival International du Livre sur Art et du Film
  • Haifa International Film Festival
  • Vancouver International Film Festival
  • Institute for Contempary Art London
  • Artecinema Film Festival Napels


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