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. In 1975, he participates in ______________________ show.

2. The passion of Irwin's career has been continually fighting what?

3. 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?

4. The three men discover they all have an interest in what?

5. There is a __________ that cuts the room into two spaces.

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Irwin do now that he has decided to stop making art to sell?

2. Describe Irwin's scrim projects.

3. What are some of Irwin's views regarding this philosophy?

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

5. With what is Irwin concerned at this time?

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

7. How does the desert become important to Irwin?

8. Describe Irwin's installation in the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art in 1975.

9. What leads Irwin to write his own view on this philosophy? Describe this work.

10. Describe the relationship between Irwin and Dr. Wortz.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Irwin spends time in the desert.

Part 1) Describe Irwin's time in the desert. Why does he decide to spend time in the desert? How is this decision related to his feelings about his art?

Part 2) How does Irwin benefit from this time in the desert? How does it affect his art? How do his feelings while he is in the desert reflect his personality?

Part 3) Describe a place you have gone that give you a sense of peace or renewed energy. Why did this place have this kind of power? Have you returned to this place? Why or why not? Would you like to return to this place? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Critics have a difficult time pinning Irwin to one style.

Part 1) Describe the various styles to which Irwin had been temporarily pinned. How does his work reflect each of these styles?

Part 2) Why is it so difficult to pin Irwin to one style? Does Irwin want to be pinned? Why or why not? Why do critics want to pin him to one style?

Part 3) How important are various styles of art? Is it necessary for one to create a specific style of art in a specific genre and medium? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Robert moves to Europe.

Part 1) Describe this move to Europe. What does he learn while in Europe? Could he have learned this in the states? Why or why not?

Part 2) What does the reader learn about Irwin during this time? How does this time influence him later in life?

Part 3) Would you ever want to live outside the U.S.? If so, where and why? If not, why not?

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