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Seeing is forgetting the name of the thing one sees : over thirty years of conversations with Robert Irwin

Author: Lawrence Weschler; Getty Foundation.
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, ©2008.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : State or province government publication : English : Expanded edView all editions and formats
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"Seeing Is Forgetting the Name of the Thing One Sees chronicles three decades of extraordinary conversation between Weschler and Light and Space master Irwin, taking us into the heart of what it can mean to be an artist." "The original dialogues extend from the surf and cars of Irwin's L.A. youth through his passion for abstract expressionism, past his decision to abandon studio work altogether, up to and including  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
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Named Person: Robert Irwin; Robert Irwin; Irwin; Irwin; Robert Irwin; Robert Irwin; Robert Irwin
Material Type: Biography, Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Lawrence Weschler; Getty Foundation.
ISBN: 9780520256088 0520256085 9780520256095 0520256093
OCLC Number: 225871342
Notes: "Ahmanson Murphy fine arts imprint"--Prelim. p.
"Published with the assistance of the Getty Foundation."
Description: xvi, 310 p., [24] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 21 cm.
Contents: A Note on the Illustrations A Further Note on the Drifting Present in the Narrative That Follows Seeing is Forgetting the Name of the Thing One Sees (1982) Introduction Lifesource 1. High School (1943-1946) 2. Childhood (1928-1943) 3. Army, Schooling, Europe, and Early Work (1946-1957) The Narrows (Part 1) 4. Ferus (Los Angeles/ New York) 5. The Early Ferus Years From Abstract Expressionism through the Early Lines (1957-1962) 6. The Late Ferus Years: The Late Lines (1962-1964) The Narrows (Part 2) 7. The Dots (1964-1967) 8. The Discs (1967-1969) 9. Post-disc Experiments and Columns (1968-1970) Delta Prelude 10. Teaching 11. Art and Science (1968-1970) 12. Playing the Horses 13. The Room at the Museum of Modern Art (1970) Debouchement Oceanic 14. The Desert 15. Being Available in Response 16. Some Situations (1970-1976) 17. Reading and Writing 18. The Whitney Retrospective Down to Point Zero (1977) 19. Since the Whitney: Return to the World (1977-1981) Present All Around 20. Seeing Isn't Doing (1985) 21. Play It as It Lays and Keep it in Play The Irwin Retrospective at MOCA in Los Angeles(1993) 22. When Fountainheads Collide: Robert Irwin at Richard Meier's Getty (1997) 23. Heaven: Irwin and Meyerowitz at the Dia (2000) 24. Irwin in his Seventies (2007-2008) Afterword: On Robert Irwin and David Hockney Acknowledgements Bibliographic notes Index.
Responsibility: Lawrence Weschler.
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