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Seeing Is Forgetting the Name of the Thing One Sees: Expanded Edition / Edition 1

Seeing Is Forgetting the Name of the Thing One Sees: Expanded Edition / Edition 1

by Lawrence WeschlerLawrence Weschler


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780520256095
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 02/02/2009
Edition description: First Edition, Over Thirty Years of Conversations with Robert Irwin
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 203,248
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Lawrence Weschler's many books include Mr. Wilson's Cabinet of Wonder, Vermeer in Bosnia, and Everything That Rises: A Book of Convergences, which won the 2007 National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism.

Table of Contents

A Note on the Illustrations
A Further Note on the Drifting Present in the Narrative That Follows
Seeing is Forgetting the Name of the Thing One Sees (1982)

1. High School (1943-1946)
2. Childhood (1928-1943)
3. Army, Schooling, Europe, and Early Work (1946-1957)

The Narrows (Part 1)
4. Ferus (Los Angeles/ New York)
5. The Early Ferus Years

From Abstract Expressionism through the Early Lines (1957-1962)
6. The Late Ferus Years: The Late Lines (1962-1964)

The Narrows (Part 2)
7. The Dots (1964-1967)
8. The Discs (1967-1969)
9. Post-disc Experiments and Columns (1968-1970)

10. Teaching
11. Art and Science (1968-1970)
12. Playing the Horses
13. The Room at the Museum of Modern Art (1970)

14. The Desert
15. Being Available in Response
16. Some Situations (1970-1976)
17. Reading and Writing
18. The Whitney Retrospective Down to Point Zero (1977)
19. Since the Whitney: Return to the World (1977-1981)

Present All Around
20. Seeing Isn't Doing (1985)
21. Play It as It Lays and Keep it in Play
The Irwin Retrospective at MOCA in Los Angeles(1993)
22. When Fountainheads Collide: Robert Irwin at Richard Meier's Getty (1997)
23. Heaven: Irwin and Meyerowitz at the Dia (2000)
24. Irwin in his Seventies (2007-2008)

Afterword: On Robert Irwin and David Hockney
Bibliographic notes

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"A magnetic (now expanded) biography."—San Diego Union-Tribune

"Seeing is Forgetting may not be just the best biography of an artist out there but also one of the best books on contemporary art-making."—Frieze

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