Seeing is Forgetting the Name of the Thing One Sees: A Life of Contemporary Artist Robert Irwin

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University of California Press, 1982 - Art - 212 pages
In 1977, a Whitney Museum retrospective of the work of Robert Irwin, probably the single most influential contemporary California artist, was condemned by one critic as "a repudiation of art and life." Int he artist's own view, the retrospective represented "the opportunity to mark an X at the point where I jumped off" but his dramatic leap was not the suicide of his art. Rather, as Lawrence Weschler explains in this biography, the vast, almost empty room included in the Whitney show was as inseparable from the continuous transcendent motion of Irwin's unique artist development. As Weschler charts that development, he demonstrates that Irwin's work is a vibrant celebration of the aesthetic richness of the everyday world. Weschler bases his account on hundreds of hours of conversation with Irwin. The richly anecdotal quality of Weschler's narrative, recording the concrete reality of Irwin's aesthetic evolution, afford a rare understanding of the influences that have shaped modern art. -- From publisher's description.
 

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I read this book on after reading an article about it online (I can't remember if it was NY Times or LA Times). Anyway, I've never really understood Irwin's type of art, that is until I read this book ... Read full review

Contents

Chapter
3
and Early Work 1946 57
29
Chapter
41
Chapter
66
DELTA
115
Art and Science 196870
123
Playing the Horses
138
The Room at the Museum of Modern Art 1970
147
The Desert
159
Being Available in Response
163
Some Situations 197076
168
Reading and Writing
176
The Whitney Retrospective Down to Point Zero 1977
182
Since the Whitney Return to the World
188
Bibliographic Note
205
Index
209

Debouchement
155
OCEANIC
157

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