Robert Irwin

Robert Irwin

For more than six decades, Robert Irwin (b. 1928, Long Beach, California) has explored perception as the fundamental issue of art. Irwin, who began his career as a painter in the 1950s and became the pioneer of the L.A.-based “Light and Space” movement in the 1960s, has, through a continual breaking down of the frame, come to regard the role of art as “conditional,” or something that works in and responds to the specific surrounding world of experience. Irwin has conceived fifty-five site-conditional projects since 1975, ranging from the architectural and grounds design of Dia: Beacon Center for the Arts (completed in 2003) to the lush Central Gardens for the Getty Center in Los Angeles, California (completed in 2005). Robert Irwin became the first artist to receive the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur “Genius” Award in 1984.  Robert Irwin has been with the Gallery since 1966.

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, 1969-1970. acrylic lacquer on formed acrylic plastic, 54" (137.2 cm) diameter.
Untitled, 1969-1970. acrylic lacquer on formed acrylic plastic, 54" (137.2 cm) diameter.
, 2006. linear polyurethane paint on 6 aircraft honeycomb aluminum rectangles, overall installed:  10'-1/2" x 54' x 22';  aluminum rectangles:  16' x 22' each.
Who's Afraid of Red, Yellow & Blue?, 2006. linear polyurethane paint on 6 aircraft honeycomb aluminum rectangles, overall installed: 10'-1/2" x 54' x 22'; aluminum rectangles: 16' x 22' each.
, 2012. 96" x 45-1/2" x 4-1/2" (243.8 cm x 115.6 cm x 11.4 cm).
Garçon, 2012. 96" x 45-1/2" x 4-1/2" (243.8 cm x 115.6 cm x 11.4 cm).
, 2011. honeycombed aluminum panel with lacquer and polyurethane paint.
Orange, Black Painting with Blue Edge, and Burgundy, 2011. honeycombed aluminum panel with lacquer and polyurethane paint.
, 1992-1997.
J. Paul Getty Museum Gardens, 1992-1997.
, 2012. acrylic, dimensions variable.
Untitled, 2012. acrylic, dimensions variable.
, 2011. Light + Shadow + Reflection + Color, 72" x 15' x 4-5/8" (182.9 cm x 457.2 cm x 11.7 cm).
All That Jazz, 2011. Light + Shadow + Reflection + Color, 72" x 15' x 4-5/8" (182.9 cm x 457.2 cm x 11.7 cm).
, 1962. oil on canvas, 66 x 65" (167.6 x 165.1 cm).
Crazy Otto, 1962. oil on canvas, 66 x 65" (167.6 x 165.1 cm).
, 1969-2011. acrylic, 15' 6-1/2" x 9" x 3-1/2" (473.7 cm x 22.9 cm x 8.9 cm).
Untitled (Acrylic Column), 1969-2011. acrylic, 15' 6-1/2" x 9" x 3-1/2" (473.7 cm x 22.9 cm x 8.9 cm).
, 1969-2011. acrylic, 15' 6-1/2" x 9" x 3-1/2" (473.7 cm x 22.9 cm x 8.9 cm).
Untitled (Acrylic Column), 1969-2011. acrylic, 15' 6-1/2" x 9" x 3-1/2" (473.7 cm x 22.9 cm x 8.9 cm).

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Untitled , 1969-1970. acrylic lacquer on formed acrylic plastic, 54" (137.2 cm) diameter.