Robert Irwin; Seeing is about forgetting the name of the thing one sees

 

large_irwin-scrim-veil002.jpgRobert Irwin (b. 1928), Scrim veil—Black rectangle—Natural light, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, 1977. Cloth, metal, and wood. Overall: 144 x 1368 x 49 in.large_irwin_scrim_veil_whitney_9940.jpglarge_irwin_scrim_veil_whitney_9965.jpgInstallation view of Robert Irwin: Scrim Veil-Black Rectangle-Natural Light, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (1977) (Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, June 27 – September 1, 2013).

 

“I started as a painter,” he explains, “but realised early in my career that I had to do what I call a ‘phenomenonological reduction’: slowly, step by step, dismantling the whole idea of pictorial art”.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/art/artists/robert-irwin-bad-paintings-interview/

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Robert Irwin – Varese Portal Room, 1973

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