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 is the philosophy of human experience stemming in large part from the work of Edmund Husserl and his followers, with Jean Paul Sartre?
(a) Panentheism.
(b) Perspectivism.
(c) Pseudophilosophy
(d) Phenomenology.

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

3. After gaining understanding of the basics, Irwin does what?
(a) Gives lectures about this philosophy.
(b) Creates art inspired by this philosophy.
(c) Talks to others about this philosophy.
(d) Writes his own view of the philosophy.

4. Irwin has always asked legitimate questions about what?
(a) The world.
(b) The world and art.
(c) His art.
(d) Himself.

5. Irwin takes many day hikes into the flat terrain and stays where at night?
(a) In wolves' dens.
(b) In seedy motels.
(c) Under a cactus.
(d) Under the stars.

6. Irwin experiments with acrylic columns placed in the room and matching the walls, causing the illusion that they dissolve into the room. Unfortunately, some viewers conclude what?
(a) Irwin is leaving the art world.
(b) Irwin is now an interior designer.
(c) Irwin has lost his mind.
(d) Irwin has transitioned over to sculpture.

7. Why does Irwin not make art in the Mojave?
(a) He does not want to destroy the beauty of the area.
(b) He has no supplies to make art.
(c) He has no interest in art.
(d) He does not know what to make.

8. Irwin finds _______________ who creates perfect discs for him.
(a) A metal craftsman.
(b) A jeweler.
(c) A ceramic artist.
(d) A sculptor.

9. Critics do not understand the display, referring to it as what?
(a) Beautiful.
(b) A stunt or a nihilistic gesture.
(c) Simple.
(d) A waste of space.

10. The room implicitly represents what?
(a) Happiness.
(b) Simplicity.
(c) A journey to a new beginning.
(d) The Mojave Desert.

11. How does the Mojave seem to Irwin?
(a) Magical.
(b) Odd.
(c) Hot.
(d) Scary.

12. He adds a thick black tape to the floor to form what?
(a) A barrier.
(b) A platform.
(c) A focal point.
(d) A smaller rectangle.

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

14. In 1975, he participates in ______________________ show.
(a) The MoMA.
(b) The San Francisco MoMA.
(c) The Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art.
(d) The LACMA.

15. What is the flaw with the discs?
(a) They are too heavy.
(b) They take up space.
(c) The viewers are still required to "look at something."
(d) They are not perfect.

Short Answer Questions

1. While much thought goes into his writing, it illustrates that his strength in communication lies where?

2. Irwin feels so self-indulgent in his own work that ___________________ as a means in which he can serve society as a whole.

3. By 1970, has Robert answered many of his questions?

4. ___________ years after the Whitney opening, Irwin is busy with multiple proposals for projects for cities and universities.

5. Between ___________ and 1970, Irwin's work can be chartered by time and focused progression.

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