FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Icarus Films acquires SOL LEWITT; U.S. Theatrical Premiere May 7 at Film Forum
February 20, 2014, New York: Icarus Films announced its acquisition of all North American distribution rights, including non-theatrical, theatrical, home video and digital markets, to SOL LEWITT, directed by Chris Teerink. The film will make its U.S. Theatrical Premiere at Film Forum in New York City on May 7, 2014.
Preview screeners and filmmaker interviews are available for covering journalists and film programmers.
"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." --The New York Times
“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.
Winner of Best Documentary prizes at the International Festival of Films on Art and International Art Book and Film Festival, the film also has been featured in museums including the Institute for Contemporary Art (ICA) in London.
Part of Icarus Films' extensive collection of documentaries on Fine Art and American Studies, SOL LEWITT is currently available for engagements including film festivals and theatrical and non-theatrical/educational bookings.