Cool trailer - I like what Lewitt has to say about art and personality. I also am totally in simpatico with him on the panels front - I just feel like I’m never fast enough with my insights, and it’s always after the panel that mind blowing quips or reflections that would have brought the house down come to me (at least in my imagination…and I make it seem like I’m on panels every week - there’s probably been like six total).
We’ll see if I can find this somewhere. Looks like it might be playing at Film Forum in May.
Despite his success and being one of the most influential artists of the 20th century, Sol LeWitt didn’t want to become an art personality, refused prices, didn’t want his picture to be taken and hardly ever gave interviews. The film SOL LEWITT, directed by Chris Teerink, is not a biography, the work itself is the point of departure. The beauty of his work raises the question where the conceptual principles end, and where the quest for beauty begins. ‘Conceptual artists leap to conclusions, logic cannot reach’, we hear LeWitt say in a rare audio-interview from 1974. ‘I really believe that art is not something that’s laid down as frosting on the cake of society. I think that aesthetics and ethics are really very much the same kind of thing’.
First and foremost - that song. The lyrics, and the singing…that’s some old time Americana.
I really dig in Blank’s titling. So awesome. And that background for the interview/performance, the way the musician is almost coming out of the vines, the green and pink - amazing.
"Sprout Wings and Fly" is a compassionate, life-affirming, altogether extraordinary document by Les Blank (www.lesblank.com) on old-timey Appalachian fiddler Tommy Jarrell. It’s a fascinating film on the theme that art, music, dance, food and earthly pleasures help human beings live joyously in the face of certain death. It offers fine old-timey music, crazy jive, and a fascinating cast of backwoods characters.” —Michael Goodwin, Berkeley Monthly