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Reel Artists Film Festival presents – Sol Lewitt: Walldrawings

By TO411 staff writer Daisy Maclean

The 8th annual Canadian Art Reel Artists Film Festival has grown this year to include four days of documentary films that delve inside the captivating and visionary world of top contemporary art and artists. The festival includes World, North American and Canadian premieres, and is screening for the first time at Toronto’s TIFF Bell Lightbox. Launched on Wednesday, February 23, 2011 the Reel Artists Film Festival has members of the Toronto art community to introduce each the films, directors are to hold post-screening Q&As and Friday, February 25 is a FREE day of films for students.

“With our move to the new TIFF Bell Lightbox, we are thrilled to present more films than ever to our growing audience,” says festival organizer and Canadian Art Foundation executive director Ann Webb. “And we are especially pleased to be able to present some of the most current films available about some of the most important visual artists of our time.”

Among the films screening this year is Sol LeWitt: Wall Drawings, a documentary about the retrospective of LeWitt’s wall drawings at MASS MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts, which opened for a 25 year run in November 2008. The exhibition includes 105 works from 1968-2008, installed posthumously, on roughly 40,000 square feet of old mill wall surface – the most expansive view of LeWitt’s oeuvre in a single space.

During the four decades of his career, Sol LeWitt, produced more than 1200 wall drawings using a deliberately limited repertoire of lines and geometric shapes to create works of remarkable complexity. Born in 1928 in Hartford, Connecticut, LeWitt achieved fame in the late 1960s and is considered one of the key pioneers of minimal and conceptual art. His belief that the idea that generates the work of art is more important than its execution redefined art making. 

Sol LeWitt’s decision to utilize other artists to install his wall drawings in architecturally diverse spaces informs the execution of his works. His wall paintings expressed as instructions on paper serve as the basis, a representation of the visual, artistic manifestation of the idea. Any skilled draftsman could then realize the drawing. Like a musical score, his wall drawings play differently each time they are produced. The film contextualizes his work, in an accessible way, from its earliest stages, when Lewitt began with just four cubes of varying directional lines, all the way to the end of his life when the vocabulary of types of lines he worked with had grown exponentially.

Lewitt passed away in 2007, but because of his belief that he needn’t be the hand that executes his ideas, his work will live on long after. Graphic artists will find this film to be particularly interesting in both the development of the style and the detailed study of the techniques behind the execution of his work. Lewitt himself began as a graphic artist in the studio of architect Ieoh Ming Pei.

“Since art is a vehicle for the transmission of ideas through form, the reproduction of the form only reinforces the concept. It is the idea that is being reproduced. Anyone who understands the work of art owns it. We all own the Mona Lisa.” -Sol LeWitt

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Reel Artists Film Festival presents – Sol Lewitt: Walldrawings

By TO411 staff writer Daisy Maclean

The 8th annual Canadian Art Reel Artists Film Festival has grown this year to include four days of documentary films that delve inside the captivating and visionary world of top contemporary art and artists. The festival includes World, North American and Canadian premieres, and is screening for the first time at Toronto’s TIFF Bell Lightbox. Launched on Wednesday, February 23, 2011 the Reel Artists Film Festival has members of the Toronto art community to introduce each the films, directors are to hold post-screening Q&As and Friday, February 25 is a FREE day of films for students.

“With our move to the new TIFF Bell Lightbox, we are thrilled to present more films than ever to our growing audience,” says festival organizer and Canadian Art Foundation executive director Ann Webb. “And we are especially pleased to be able to present some of the most current films available about some of the most important visual artists of our time.”

Among the films screening this year is Sol LeWitt: Wall Drawings, a documentary about the retrospective of LeWitt’s wall drawings at MASS MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts, which opened for a 25 year run in November 2008. The exhibition includes 105 works from 1968-2008, installed posthumously, on roughly 40,000 square feet of old mill wall surface – the most expansive view of LeWitt’s oeuvre in a single space.

During the four decades of his career, Sol LeWitt, produced more than 1200 wall drawings using a deliberately limited repertoire of lines and geometric shapes to create works of remarkable complexity. Born in 1928 in Hartford, Connecticut, LeWitt achieved fame in the late 1960s and is considered one of the key pioneers of minimal and conceptual art. His belief that the idea that generates the work of art is more important than its execution redefined art making. 

Sol LeWitt’s decision to utilize other artists to install his wall drawings in architecturally diverse spaces informs the execution of his works. His wall paintings expressed as instructions on paper serve as the basis, a representation of the visual, artistic manifestation of the idea. Any skilled draftsman could then realize the drawing. Like a musical score, his wall drawings play differently each time they are produced. The film contextualizes his work, in an accessible way, from its earliest stages, when Lewitt began with just four cubes of varying directional lines, all the way to the end of his life when the vocabulary of types of lines he worked with had grown exponentially.

Lewitt passed away in 2007, but because of his belief that he needn’t be the hand that executes his ideas, his work will live on long after. Graphic artists will find this film to be particularly interesting in both the development of the style and the detailed study of the techniques behind the execution of his work. Lewitt himself began as a graphic artist in the studio of architect Ieoh Ming Pei.

“Since art is a vehicle for the transmission of ideas through form, the reproduction of the form only reinforces the concept. It is the idea that is being reproduced. Anyone who understands the work of art owns it. We all own the Mona Lisa.” -Sol LeWitt

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Reel Artists Film Festival presents – Sol Lewitt: Walldrawings

By TO411 staff writer Daisy Maclean

The 8th annual Canadian Art Reel Artists Film Festival has grown this year to include four days of documentary films that delve inside the captivating and visionary world of top contemporary art and artists. The festival includes World, North American and Canadian premieres, and is screening for the first time at Toronto’s TIFF Bell Lightbox. Launched on Wednesday, February 23, 2011 the Reel Artists Film Festival has members of the Toronto art community to introduce each the films, directors are to hold post-screening Q&As and Friday, February 25 is a FREE day of films for students.

“With our move to the new TIFF Bell Lightbox, we are thrilled to present more films than ever to our growing audience,” says festival organizer and Canadian Art Foundation executive director Ann Webb. “And we are especially pleased to be able to present some of the most current films available about some of the most important visual artists of our time.”

Among the films screening this year is Sol LeWitt: Wall Drawings, a documentary about the retrospective of LeWitt’s wall drawings at MASS MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts, which opened for a 25 year run in November 2008. The exhibition includes 105 works from 1968-2008, installed posthumously, on roughly 40,000 square feet of old mill wall surface – the most expansive view of LeWitt’s oeuvre in a single space.

During the four decades of his career, Sol LeWitt, produced more than 1200 wall drawings using a deliberately limited repertoire of lines and geometric shapes to create works of remarkable complexity. Born in 1928 in Hartford, Connecticut, LeWitt achieved fame in the late 1960s and is considered one of the key pioneers of minimal and conceptual art. His belief that the idea that generates the work of art is more important than its execution redefined art making. 

Sol LeWitt’s decision to utilize other artists to install his wall drawings in architecturally diverse spaces informs the execution of his works. His wall paintings expressed as instructions on paper serve as the basis, a representation of the visual, artistic manifestation of the idea. Any skilled draftsman could then realize the drawing. Like a musical score, his wall drawings play differently each time they are produced. The film contextualizes his work, in an accessible way, from its earliest stages, when Lewitt began with just four cubes of varying directional lines, all the way to the end of his life when the vocabulary of types of lines he worked with had grown exponentially.

Lewitt passed away in 2007, but because of his belief that he needn’t be the hand that executes his ideas, his work will live on long after. Graphic artists will find this film to be particularly interesting in both the development of the style and the detailed study of the techniques behind the execution of his work. Lewitt himself began as a graphic artist in the studio of architect Ieoh Ming Pei.

“Since art is a vehicle for the transmission of ideas through form, the reproduction of the form only reinforces the concept. It is the idea that is being reproduced. Anyone who understands the work of art owns it. We all own the Mona Lisa.” -Sol LeWitt

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