Robert Irwin

Robert Irwin: Excursus: Homage to the Square³

April 12, 1998 - June 18, 2000

<p>Robert Irwin, <i>Part 1: Prologue: x18³</i>, 1998<br>
Site-specific installation at 548 West 22nd Street, New York City. Photo: Thibault Jeansen.</p>

Robert Irwin, Part 1: Prologue: x18³, 1998
Site-specific installation at 548 West 22nd Street, New York City. Photo: Thibault Jeansen.

 
 
 

Best known for works that focus on the interplay of natural light and perception, Robert Irwin has taken as his premise in this project the extended durations that characterize Dia's exhibition program, exploiting the changing light conditions over the eighteen months devoted to this installation. In this second part of his site-specific presentation, he has introduced an array of variously colored fluorescents into eighteen chambers defined by scrims.

 

Artist Biography

Robert Irwin was born in Long Beach, California, in 1928, and studied at the Otis Art Institute (1948–50), Jepson Art Institute (1951), and Chinouard Art Institute (1952–54). Since his first solo exhibition in 1957, he has exhibited widely in galleries and museums in North America and abroad. In 1984 Irwin received a MacArthur Fellowship. In 1993 the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles initiated a major retrospective of his work, which subsequently traveled to Paris, Madrid, and Cologne. Among his numerous public projects, the most recent is the monumental garden he designed for the Getty Center in Los Angeles, which opened in 1997. He currently lives and works in San Diego.

 
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