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Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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) Dancing.
(b) Playing the horses.
(c) Rebuilding cars.
(d) His parents.

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

3. 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 has transitioned over to sculpture.
(b) Irwin has lost his mind.
(c) Irwin is now an interior designer.
(d) Irwin is leaving the art world.

4. In a 1976 display in Venice, he merely outlines with string a spot of tree-filtered light on the ground. What do some think?
(a) The light is art.
(b) There is no art.
(c) The trees are art.
(d) The string is the art.

5. Irwin's display at the Whitney Retrospective consists of what?
(a) A storage closet filled with cleaning supplies.
(b) A room with a large peculiar window through which natural light streams.
(c) A room with a large blank wall.
(d) A dark stairwell.

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

7. What is the focal point of each project to Irwin?
(a) The light.
(b) The principles.
(c) The space.
(d) The elements.

8. Irwin feels that the most important result of his association with Dr. Wortz is what?
(a) The art they made together.
(b) The discoveries they made as a team.
(c) The lessons they learned.
(d) Each man radically changed the life of the other forever.

9. 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?
(a) Solve any equation.
(b) Handle whatever challenge he encounters with ease and without prejudice.
(c) Challenge him as both an artist and a scientist.
(d) Ask unanswerable questions.

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

11. This concept is supported by what?
(a) A nearby display of small, simply-made items.
(b) A nearby display of aerial shots of New York City.
(c) A nearby display of small, playful trinkets.
(d) A nearby display of aerial shots of the desert.

12. 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) Forty.
(b) Thirty.
(c) Twenty.
(d) Fifty.

13. Irwin, through his journey of self-discovery, has learned to do what?
(a) Deal with presence with the deductiveness.
(b) Deal with presence with the reductiveness.
(c) Deal with presence without the deductiveness.
(d) Deal with presence without the reductiveness.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Over the last __________ years, Irwin had connected his thinking process to the art objects he was making.

3. In general, Irwin's post-Whitney works are substantially ______________________ than his pre-Whitney projects.

4. There is a thin black ________ around the room at eye level.

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

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