Robert Irwin

Robert Irwin (b. 1928) is a pioneering figure of the Los Angeles-based Light and Space movement of the 1960s. Beginning his career as a painter, Irwin later began exploring perception and light with his acrylic columns and discs.

Robert Irwin

Robert Irwin

United States

Robert Irwin (b. 1928) is a pioneering figure of the Los Angeles-based Light and Space movement of the 1960s. Beginning his career as a painter, Irwin later began exploring perception and light with his acrylic columns and discs. In 1969, he gave up his studio and began what he termed a conditional practice, working with the effects of light through subtle interventions in space and architecture. Irwin employs a wide range of media—including fluorescent lights, fabric scrims, colored and tinted gels, paint, wire, acrylic and glass—in the creation of site-conditioned works that respond to the context of their specific environments.

Irwin is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including a five-year MacArthur Fellowship (1984–89) and a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship (1976). Irwin has had more than eighty solo exhibitions at institutions including Dia Art Foundation, New York (2015, 1998); the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2013, 1977); Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2009, 1976); Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego (2007, 1997); The Museum of Modern Art, New York (1970). Irwin has been represented by Pace since 1966 and the gallery has held eighteen solo artist exhibitions of his work.

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