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

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. This chapter covers Irwin's relationship with what?

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

3. This is a semi-transparent material used in Holland and other locales for window dressing.

4. 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.

5. Irwin ponders the possibility that the Whitney display may be what?

Short Essay Questions

1. What questions does Irwin ask himself regarding these discs? How does he answer this question?

2. Describe Irwin's scrim projects.

3. What does Irwin ponder after the Whitney display? Why?

4. What is Irwin doing three years after the Whitney opening? Why?

5. By what is Irwin now intrigued? How does this affect his work?

6. What does Maurice Tuchman organize?

7. With what is Irwin concerned at this time?

8. What is phenomenology? What does Irwin think of this and the work done regarding this?

9. What do viewers think of this display?

10. What do critics and viewers think of his work? What does he think of their opinions?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Irwin makes disc art.

Part 1) Describe this disc art. What art leads up to these discs? What questions were raised that led to this work? Did this work answer these questions? If so, how? If not, why not?

Part 2) How do others view this disc art? Why do they view it in this way? How does this affect Irwin? How does this disc art compare to his other works? Do you find it more unique and innovating? Why or why not?

Part 3) If you were to make a series of work, what would you make? Why? How would your work compare to Irwin's? What might he think of your work? Why?

Essay Topic 2

Many artists at Ferus become practitioners of Zen and other Asian philosophies.

Part 1) Describe Zen and these other Asian philosophies. Why do these artists become practitioners of these Asian philosophies?

Part 2) How do these philosophies affect these artists? How do these philosophies specifically affect their art? Why?

Part 3) What beliefs do you have about life? How do these beliefs influence your thoughts and actions? Is this a positive influence? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Irwin is very liberal in his thinking.

Part 1) Describe Irwin's thinking. How has in upbringing influenced his liberal views? How else have his liberal views been formed?

Part 2) How do his liberal views reflect his personality? How do they also affect his art?

Part 3) What type of thinker are you? Would you consider yourself a liberal, a conservative, or somewhere in between. Why? What has influenced these views?

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