On Art and Artists: SOL LEWITT


A leader of the minimalist movement, Sol 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. (80 min.)

SOL LEWITT screens Tuesday, September 22 at 7pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum). The film is showing as part of our On Art and Artists series.

Tickets are available online or at the door.

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