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Robert Irwin: A Desert of Pure Feeling

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Canadian Premiere

No artist calls attention to light and space like the legendary Robert Irwin, who has been singular to his minimalist vision for decades. Instilling a sense of the sublime, Irwin is known for his ability to reframe the ordinary into something awe-inspiring. Robert Irwin: A Desert of Pure Feeling provides rare views of the artist’s astonishing body of work, including paintings, installations, and site-specific environments. It likewise follows the creation of the artist’s latest piece, a revisiting of the ruins of a military hospital in Marfa, Texas. Elusive yet down to earth, Irwin is a true original, eschewing the art market and favouring simplicity in an age of excess. His art is ephemeral and experiential, it cannot be bought, sold, or hung on walls. Director Jennifer Lane has crafted a stunning portrait of one of the most important and influential contemporary artists of our age; the film features fascinating archival footage, and interviews with fellow artists and writers. A treat to the eye, and an inspiration to the mind.


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93 min
Art, Music & Photography Documentary

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Executive Producer

Carolyn Pfeiffer, Nancy P. Saunders


Jennifer Lane, Joseph Cashiola, David Hollander


Jennifer Lane


Layton Blaylock, Joseph Cashiola, Joan Churchill, David Hollander, Rick Siegel

Original Music

Fredrico De Caroli


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Jennifer Lane

Jennifer Lane is a director and film producer. Lane’s short films have been screened at the UCLA Hammer Museum, the Austin Film Society, the Miami International Film Festival, Antimatter and many other galleries, museums and festivals. Her debut feature film, Robert Irwin: A Desert of Pure Feeling is her first feature as a director and editor. She is the Co-Founder of CineMarfa, a film festival that showcases artist made films, archives, and other rarely screened films.

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