Robert Irwin (artist)  

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"I realized that everything I was doing was shit." --Robert Irwin on his 1962 abstract expressionism exhibition, cited in the Lisanne Skyler documentary of 2016.

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Robert W. Irwin (1928 – 2023) was an American artist best known for his installation art involving light.

Irwin started as a painter and he painted the cover of The Trumpet Artistry of Chet Baker.

His early works often employed light and veils of scrim to transform gallery and museum spaces, but from 1975 until his death, he also incorporated landscape projects into his practice.

Irwin conceived over fifty-five site-specific projects, at institutions including the Getty Center (1992–98), Dia:Beacon (1999–2003), and the Chinati Foundation in Marfa, Texas (2001–16). The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles mounted the first retrospective of his work in 1993; in 2008, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego presented another, spanning fifty years of his career.

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