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Seeing Is Forgetting the Name of the Thing One Sees: Over Thirty Years of Conversations with Robert Irwin

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Staff Pick

This book taught me so much about the value of slowness, in art-making and in perception itself. Its subject isn't really Irwin's art products or his technical processes. Instead, Weschler brilliantly arranges the surrounding biographical and philosophical factors that inform Irwin's techniques, while allowing Irwin's sharp speaking style to breathe in the text. All of the frustration and surprise and slow deliberation of the artist's life and methods become palpable. And, even though I don't agree with a lot of what this very masculine SoCal minimalist has to say, his perspective is incredibly energizing.
Recommended by Sandra G, Powells.com

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

When this book first appeared in 1982, it introduced readers to Robert Irwin, the Los Angeles artist "who one day got hooked on his own curiosity and decided to live it." Now expanded to include six additional chapters and twenty-four pages of color plates, Seeing Is Forgetting the Name of the Thing One Sees chronicles three decades of conversation between Lawrence Weschler and light and space master Irwin. It surveys many of Irwin's site-conditioned projects—in particular the Central Gardens at the Getty Museum (the subject of an epic battle with the site's principal architect, Richard Meier) and the design that transformed an abandoned Hudson Valley factory into Dia's new Beacon campus—enhancing what many had already considered the best book ever on an artist.

Synopsis:

"Robert Irwin, perhaps the most influential of the California artists, moved from his beginnings in abstract expressionism through successive shifts in style and sensibility, into a new aesthetic territory altogether, one where philosophical concepts of perception and the world interact. Weschler has charted the journey with exceptional clarity and cogency. He has also, in the process, provided what seems to me the best running history of postwar West Coast art that I have yet seen."—Calvin Tomkins

Synopsis:

When this book first appeared in 1982, it introduced readers to Robert Irwin, the Los Angeles artist "who one day got hooked on his own curiosity and decided to live it." Now expanded to include six additional chapters and twenty-four pages of color plates, Seeing Is Forgetting the Name of the Thing One Sees chronicles three decades of conversation between Lawrence Weschler and light and space master Irwin. It surveys many of Irwin's site-conditioned projects--in particular the Central Gardens at the Getty Museum (the subject of an epic battle with the site's principal architect, Richard Meier) and the design that transformed an abandoned Hudson Valley factory into Dia's new Beacon campus--enhancing what many had already considered the best book ever on an artist.

About the Author

Lawrence Weschler's many books include Mr. Wilson's Cabinet of Wonder, Vermeer in Bosnia, and Everything That Rises: A Book of Convergences, which won the 2007 National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism.

Table of 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

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520256095
Author:
Weschler, Lawrence
Publisher:
University of California Press
Subject:
General
Subject:
Artists, Architects, Photographers
Subject:
History - Contemporary (1945- )
Subject:
Art, modern
Subject:
Artists
Subject:
Art, Modern -- 20th century.
Subject:
Artists -- United States.
Subject:
Biography-Artists Architects and Photographers
Copyright:
Edition Description:
First Edition, Over Thirty Years of Conversations with Robert Irwin
Publication Date:
20090131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
51 color and 36 b/w photographs
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
8 x 6 x 1 in 24 oz

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"Staff Pick" by ,

This book taught me so much about the value of slowness, in art-making and in perception itself. Its subject isn't really Irwin's art products or his technical processes. Instead, Weschler brilliantly arranges the surrounding biographical and philosophical factors that inform Irwin's techniques, while allowing Irwin's sharp speaking style to breathe in the text. All of the frustration and surprise and slow deliberation of the artist's life and methods become palpable. And, even though I don't agree with a lot of what this very masculine SoCal minimalist has to say, his perspective is incredibly energizing.

"Synopsis" by ,
"Robert Irwin, perhaps the most influential of the California artists, moved from his beginnings in abstract expressionism through successive shifts in style and sensibility, into a new aesthetic territory altogether, one where philosophical concepts of perception and the world interact. Weschler has charted the journey with exceptional clarity and cogency. He has also, in the process, provided what seems to me the best running history of postwar West Coast art that I have yet seen."—Calvin Tomkins
"Synopsis" by , When this book first appeared in 1982, it introduced readers to Robert Irwin, the Los Angeles artist "who one day got hooked on his own curiosity and decided to live it." Now expanded to include six additional chapters and twenty-four pages of color plates, Seeing Is Forgetting the Name of the Thing One Sees chronicles three decades of conversation between Lawrence Weschler and light and space master Irwin. It surveys many of Irwin's site-conditioned projects--in particular the Central Gardens at the Getty Museum (the subject of an epic battle with the site's principal architect, Richard Meier) and the design that transformed an abandoned Hudson Valley factory into Dia's new Beacon campus--enhancing what many had already considered the best book ever on an artist.
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