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Robert Irwin | the artist



The artist Robert Irwin
Born Sept 12 1928, Long Beach California, USA.

Style and technique of the artist: Painting,


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To be an artist is not a matter of making paintings or objects at all. What we are really dealing with is our state of consciousness and the shape of our perception.

Working drawing for Walker Art Center

American painter and sculptor. He studied at the Otis Art Institute (1948–50) and at the new and progressive Chouinard Art Institute, Los Angeles (1952–4), where he adopted an Abstract Expressionist painting style. Through his association with the Ferus Gallery, Los Angeles (1959–66), he came into contact with such artists as Ed Moses (b 1926) and Billy Al Bengston (b 1934). Irwin disdained his early paintings for their lack of ‘potency’. In the early 1960s he began a continuous series of experiments. He broke with figuration, searching like Minimalist artists for a way to make the work of art autonomous in content, that is representing nothing but itself, as in the Disc series that he began in 1966 (exh. 1968, Pasadena, CA, Norton Simon Mus. A.). Designed to exacting dimensions, colour tones and lighting criteria, the Discs appeared suspended, free from the wall and comprising an uncertain mass that dematerialized into its environment...

Collection SFMOMA

The enameled panels of Who’s Afraid of Red, Yellow & Blue³ (2006-2007) and Primaries and Secondaries (2007) function as colored mirrors whose complex reflections enable us to see the world in a new light. At the same time, they spark interlaced art-historical connotations, from color theory to mid-20th-century Modernist abstraction.

3 Untitled works