Sol LeWitt 2012

Directed by Chris Teerink Portrait of an Artist

One of the most influential artists of the 20th century, Sol LeWitt refused to become an art personality. This doco honours his wish, exploring the conceptual basis of his work and celebrating its spectacular realisation.

72 minutes DCP
Exempt

Director

Screenplay

Chris Teerink

Producers

Frank van Reemst
,
JoostVerheij

Photography

Jacques Laureys
,
Chris Teerink

Editors

Chris Teerink
,
Jan Wouter van Reijen

Music

RutgerZuydervelt
,
Machinefabriek

With

Flip Bool
,
Jan Dibbets
,
Alexander van Grevenstein
,
John Hogan
,
Franz Kaiser
,
Janet Passehl
,
Lina Proietti
,
Gianfranco Luzi
,
Fausto Scaramucci
,
Leonardo Scaramucci
,
Susanna Singer
,
Lawrence Weiner

Festivals

Amsterdam Documentary 2012
,
Vancouver 2013

The great American conceptual artist Sol LeWitt, who died in 2007, never attended openings or allowed any catalogue of his work to contain his photograph. Perfectly attuned to the modus operandi of its subject, this beautiful documentary celebrates his work and explores its execution while barely showing us the man himself. We get no closer personally than seeing his studio, visiting his home in Spoleto, Italy, and hearing a few recordings in which he expounds the conceptual basis of his practice. To LeWitt the idea was the creative act, and his oeuvre consists largely of detailed instructions about how his ideas for powerfully geometrical, site-specific sculptures and wall paintings should be realised. While showing us a stunning array of those works – many of them in public spaces – Chris Teerink’s film also follows the construction of one especially remarkable piece – Wall Drawing 801: Spiral – on the interior wall of a vast, bell-shaped room in a Dutch museum. “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, NY Times