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Robert Irwin: Primaries and Secondaries

Robert Irwin: Primaries and Secondaries


IRWIN. Shottlaender, Sherri

ed. Cl. San Diego, 2008

Book ID: 77299

Robert Irwin's work investigates perception and phenomenological experience through sculptural and installation works that engage directly with a location's physical conditions. In the late 1960s, Irwin's early pieces helped to define the aesthetics of the west coast Light and Space movement. In 1970, Irwin abandoned his studio-based art and stripped away all of his conceptions about art-making, until only those two criteria truly did remain: light and space. By the 1980s, he had evolved guidelines for how a site-based art could proceed, and, in a seminal 1986 statement, laid out approaches for "site dominant," "site adjusted," "site specific" or "site conditioned" art--terms that are still essential today. Published in conjunction with an exhibition at the MoCA, San Diego, October 21, 2007 - April 13, 2008.

220 pp., 82 color, 25 B&W illus. + DVD.