Seeing Is Forgetting the Name of the Thing One Sees: Expanded Edition / Edition 1

Seeing Is Forgetting the Name of the Thing One Sees: Expanded Edition / Edition 1

by Lawrence Weschler
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520256085

ISBN-13: 9780520256088

Pub. Date: 02/02/2009

Publisher: University of California Press

"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…  See more details below

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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 the 1977 Whitney Museum of American Art retrospective. This lavishly expanded new edition surveys many of Irwin's subsequent site-conditioned projects - in particular the spectacularly realized Central Garden at the Getty Museum (the subject of an epic battle with the site's principal architect, Richard Meier) and the path-breaking design that transformed an abandoned Hudson Valley factory into Dia's stellar new Beacon campus - enhancing what many had already considered the best-ever book on an artist.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520256088
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
02/02/2009
Edition description:
First Edition, Over Thirty Years of Conversations with Robert Irwin
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.13(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

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)

Lifesource

Ch. 1 High School (1943-46) 7

Ch. 2 Childhood (1928-43) 26

Ch. 3 Army, Schooling, Europe, and Early Work (1946-57) 33

The Narrows (Part 1)

Ch. 4 Ferus (Los Angeles / New York) 45

Ch. 5 The Early Ferus Years: From Abstract Expressionism Through the Early Lines (1957-62) 56

Ch. 6 The Later Ferus Years: The Late Lines (1962-64) 70

The Narrows (Part 2)

Ch. 7 The Dots (1964-66) 89

Ch. 8 The Discs (1966-69) 101

Ch. 9 Post-Disc Experiments and Columns (1968-70) 113

Delta

Prelude 121

Ch. 10 Teaching 123

Ch. 11 Art and Science (1968-70) 127

Ch. 12 Playing the Horses 142

Ch. 13 The Room at the Museum of Modern Art (1970) 151

Debouchement 159

Oceanic

Ch. 14 The Desert 163

Ch. 15 Being Available in Response 166

Ch. 16 Some Situations (1970-76) 171

Ch. 17 Reading and Writing 179

Ch. 18 The Whitney Retrospective: Down to Point Zero (1977) 185

Ch. 19 Since the Whitney: Return to the World (1977-81) 192

Present all around (1985-2008)

Ch. 20 Seeing is Savoring (1985) 211

Ch. 21 Play It as It Lays and Keep It in Play: On Irwin's Retrospective at Moca in Los Angeles (1993) 216

Ch. 22 When Fountainheads Collide: Robert Irwin at Richard Meier's Getty (1997) 237

Ch. 23 Heaven: Irwin and Meyerowitz at the Dia (2000) 261

Ch. 24 Irwin in His Seventies (2007-8) 267

Afterword: On Robert Irwin and David Hockney 294

Bibliographic Note 299

Index 305

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