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Directed by Chris Teernik

Netherlands 2013 80 mins.

A leader of the minimalist movement, LeWitt (1928 – 2007) was renowned for his immense wall drawings executed by teams of workers. 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. Teerink’s film documents the installation of “Wall drawing #801: Spiral” in the Netherlands, which takes eight assistants 30 days to complete. When the work is done and the scaffolding taken away, the result is transformative. “Conceptual artists leap to conclusions logic cannot reach.”—Sol LeWitt.

Genres: Documentary

Appears in: On Art and Artists