Robert Irwin

Opening August 6, 2022, Dia Beacon

Overview

A progenitor of the late 1960s California-based movement known as Light and Space, Robert Irwin began his career as an abstract painter.His earlypractice shiftedfrom painting in the early 1970s, eschewing objects entirely in favor of more ephemeral, site-conditioned installationsFirst realized as a commissionin 1972for Harvard University’s Fogg Museumin Cambridge, Massachusetts,Full Room Skylight-Scrim Vis an early scriminstallationand marksthemomentousshift in his practice following his discovery of the ethereal material in 1970. This large-scale work, which recently entered Dia’s permanent collection, goes on long-term view in summer 2022.Given Irwin's central role in the design of Dia Beaconthis display celebrates his foundational vision for the museum and offers the rare opportunity to appreciate the interconnections between the artistic and architectural aspects of his oeuvre.

Irwin, Robert

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Robert Irwin

Robert Irwin was born in Long Beach, California, in 1928. He lives and works in San Diego.

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