Seeing Is Forgetting the Name of the Thing One Sees: A Life of Contemporary Artist Robert Irwin Topics for Discussion

Lawrence Weschler
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What experiences did Robert Irwin have at the various art institutes in which he was enrolled? Where did Irwin feel he learned the most about art?

Why did Robert Irwin feel the environment in southern California allowed him to be at his most creative? What atmosphere existed in the New York galleries at the time?

What were Robert Irwin's goals in his early and late line drawings? What unusual efforts did he make in displaying them at galleries?

What was Robert Irwin trying to portray in his dot paintings? What unusual steps did he take to make the canvases of his dot drawings virtually "disappear?"

What major transition does Robert Irwin make when he begins painting and displaying discs? Why is he disturbed by the positive reviews this work receives from the critics?

How does Robert Irwin approach his students during his stints as...

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