Seeing Is Forgetting the Name of the Thing One Sees

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

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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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 152.4 x 200.66 x 25.4mm | 703.06g
  • University of California Press
  • Berkerley, United States
  • English
  • Expanded ed
  • 51 color and 36 b/w photographs
  • 0520256093
  • 9780520256095
  • 94,462

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"A magnetic (now expanded) biography." -- Robert L. Pincus 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." -- Eugenia Bell Frieze
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About Lawrence Weschler

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.
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"Robert Irwin, perhaps the most influential of the California artists, moved from his beginnings in abstract expressionism through successive shifts in style and sensibility, into a new aesthetic territory altogether, one where philosophical concepts of perception and the world interact. Weschler has charted the journey with exceptional clarity and cogency. He has also, in the process, provided what seems to me the best running history of postwar West Coast art that I have yet seen."Calvin Tomkins"
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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) Introduction Lifesource 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) Delta Prelude 10. Teaching 11. Art and Science (1968-1970) 12. Playing the Horses 13. The Room at the Museum of Modern Art (1970) Debouchement Oceanic 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 Acknowledgements Bibliographic notes Index
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