Seeing Is Forgetting the Name of the Thing One Sees: A Life of Contemporary Artist Robert Irwin - Chapters 11 through 13 Summary & Analysis

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Chapters 11 through 13 Summary and Analysis

Chapter 11: Art and Science (1968-70)

Maurice Tuchman, curator of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, enlists the cooperation of some twenty corporate institutions to place artists in an Art and Technology program. In this innovative project, some artists enhance what their art already represented. During his disc/column time frame, Irwin is contacted to join the program. He is not interested in creating a new version of his work; rather, he is intrigued with blending his artistic abilities and ideas with the knowledge and skills of a physicist.

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 handle whatever challenge he encounters with ease and without prejudice. The three men discover they...

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