Seeing Is Forgetting the Name of the Thing One Sees

Seeing Is Forgetting the Name of the Thing One Sees

Over Thirty Years of Conversations With Robert Irwin

Book - 2008
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University of California Press
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.

"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


Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, c2008
Edition: Expanded ed
ISBN: 9780520256095
0520256093
9780520256088
0520256085
Branch Call Number: 709.2 W511s 2008
Characteristics: xvi, 310 p., [24] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Getty Foundation

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Micai Jul 15, 2013

It is ridiculous not to lend this book. Library needs more copies.

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