Seeing Is Forgetting the Name of the Thing One Sees: A Life of Contemporary Artist Robert Irwin Chapter Abstracts for Teachers

Lawrence Weschler
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Chapter 1

• Robert Irwin grew up in southwest Los Angeles, attending high school in the mid-Forties; he attributes his easy sense of well-being at least in part to that experience.

• It was an artistically rich place in which to grow up.

• Irwin's family is working middle class; he loved music and dance as a teenager and won many dance competitions.

• Irwin's views on feminism and race relations were always ahead of his times.
• Repercussions from World War II have very little effect upon Irwin and his buddies; to Irwin and his young male friends, the most important thing in life is their cars, as they provided a large measure of their identity.

• Although many art critics disagree, Irwin connects his love of cars and perfecting them physically to his later emergence as an artist--especially in the realm of folk art.
• Although Irwin is not a good student, he is...

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