Seeing Is Forgetting the Name of the Thing One Sees: A Life of Contemporary Artist Robert Irwin Test | Final Test - Easy

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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What appeals to Irwin regarding these thinkers?
(a) The amount of education they have all received.
(b) The commitment made by them and the scale of their ambitions.
(c) The inroads made by them in this field.
(d) Their level of intelligence and understanding.

2. How do young artists view Irwin?
(a) They look up to him as a theorist and ideological mentor.
(b) They view him as a celebrity.
(c) They see him as an artist to mimic.
(d) They view him as just another contemporary artist.

3. Describe his writing.
(a) Flowery and detailed.
(b) Simple and straightforward.
(c) Convoluted, mired in itself and rambling.
(d) Dry and boring.

4. Art students where were particularly pleased to at last have exposure to modernism and minimalism from no less than one of art's masters?
(a) In the Midwest.
(b) In the Southwest.
(c) In the Pacific Northwest.
(d) In the South.

5. Maurice Tuchman, curator of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, enlists the cooperation of some __________________ corporate institutions to place artists in an Art and Technology program.
(a) Fifty.
(b) Forty.
(c) Twenty.
(d) Thirty.

6. I think therefore _____________.
(a) I am.
(b) I believe.
(c) I matter.
(d) I have intelligence.

7. During the mid and late sixties, Irwin supplements his meager art income with earnings from his stints as a teacher. However, his main source of income during this period is from what?
(a) His parents.
(b) Dancing.
(c) Playing the horses.
(d) Rebuilding cars.

8. Robert installs a project in a museum to make what case?
(a) That the museum should accept him.
(b) That museums are worthwhile.
(c) That the museum is irrelevant.
(d) That his art can be displayed anywhere.

9. He uses vast lighting to feature a project in Berkeley and is disappointed when?
(a) The lighting itself receives more attention than the space.
(b) The color itself receives more attention than the other elements.
(c) The space itself receives more attention than the lighting.
(d) The lighting itself receives more attention than the color.

10. In general, Irwin's post-Whitney works are substantially ______________________ than his pre-Whitney projects.
(a) Larger-scale, more expensive and more complex.
(b) Smaller-scale, less expensive and simpler.
(c) Larger-scale, more expensive and less complex.
(d) Smaller-scale, less expensive and more complex.

11. At a 1971 display at UCLA's museum, Irwin redoes a utility stairway with what?
(a) A new color palette.
(b) A new railing.
(c) New lighting and other minor adjustments.
(d) New stairs.

12. It is in ___________________ that the two disciplines, art and science, have grown separately.
(a) Lithographic times.
(b) Ancient times.
(c) Modern times.
(d) Prehistoric times.

13. Irwin wants to make art of what?
(a) The air.
(b) The peripheral, the transitory.
(c) The walls.
(d) The viewer.

14. Descartes argued that the fundamental moment when everything is stripped away occurred where?
(a) In the congo.
(b) In the incognito.
(c) In the cognito.
(d) In the cogito.

15. There is a __________ that cuts the room into two spaces.
(a) Plastic curtain.
(b) Shower curtain.
(c) Scrim.
(d) Velvet curtain.

Short Answer Questions

1. Now, with no such material objects in his life, Irwin has to do what?

2. Irwin invites a young artist, James Turrell, to join him in the project. Irwin and Turrell wind up partnered on a project with Dr. Ed Wortz of Garrett Aerospace Corporation. Irwin admires Wortz's ability to do what?

3. To Irwin it is a way of portraying perception as what?

4. After gaining understanding of the basics, Irwin does what?

5. Irwin sets about reading everything he can about this philosophy, sometimes spending how much time reading, analyzing, and trying to understand every turn of phrase?

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