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

By: Weschler, Lawrence

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A clean, unmarked book with a tight binding. 208 pages, plus index. " In May 1980, Robert Irwin returned to Market Street in Venice, California to the block where he had kept a studio until 1970, the year he abandoned studio work altogether. Malinda Wyatt was opening a gallery in the building next door to his former work space and invited Irwin to create an installation. He cleaned out the large rectangular room, adjusted the skylights, painted the walls an even white, and then knocked out the wall facing the street, replacing it with a sheer, semi-transparent white scrim. The room seemed to change its aspect with the passing day: people came and sat on the opposite curb, watching, sometimes for hours at time." (Note on the cover illustration.) The piece was up for two weeks in one of the more derelict beachfront neighborhoods of Los Angeles: no one so much as laid a hand on it.

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

Author: Weschler, Lawrence

Categories: Art, Autobiography / Biography / Memoir,

Publisher: Berkeley, CA, University of California Press: 1982

ISBN Number: 0520049209

ISBN Number 13: 9780520049208

Binding: Trade Paperback

Book Condition: Near Fine

Seller ID: 136043

Keywords: California, artist, Abstract expressionism, Installation, lights, Fluorescent lights, Landscape,