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Seeing is Forgetting the Name of the Thing One Sees

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A Note on the Illustrations A Further Note on the Drifting Present in the Narrative That Follows Seeing is Forgetting the Name of the Thing One Sees (1982) Introduction Lifesource 1. High School (1943-1946) 2. Childhood (1928-1943) 3. Army, Schooling, Europe, and Early Work (1946-1957) The Narrows (Part 1) 4. Ferus (Los Angeles/ New York) 5. The Early Ferus Years From Abstract Expressionism through the Early Lines (1957-1962) 6. The Late Ferus Years: The Late Lines (1962-1964) The Narrows (Part 2) 7. The Dots (1964-1967) 8. The Discs (1967-1969) 9. Post-disc Experiments and Columns (1968-1970) Delta Prelude 10. Teaching 11. Art and Science (1968-1970) 12. Playing the Horses 13. The Room at the Museum of Modern Art (1970) Debouchement Oceanic 14. The Desert 15. Being Available in Response 16. Some Situations (1970-1976) 17. Reading and Writing 18. The Whitney Retrospective Down to Point Zero (1977) 19. Since the Whitney: Return to the World (1977-1981) Present All Around 20. Seeing Isn't Doing (1985) 21. Play It as It Lays and Keep it in Play The Irwin Retrospective at MOCA in Los Angeles(1993) 22. When Fountainheads Collide: Robert Irwin at Richard Meier's Getty (1997) 23. Heaven: Irwin and Meyerowitz at the Dia (2000) 24. Irwin in his Seventies (2007-2008) Afterword: On Robert Irwin and David Hockney Acknowledgements Bibliographic notes Index


About the Author

Lawrence Weschler's many books include Mr. Wilson's Cabinet of Wonder, Vermeer in Bosnia, and Everything That Rises: A Book of Convergences, which won the 2007 National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism.


"A magnetic (now expanded) biography." -- Robert L. Pincus San Diego Union-Tribune "Seeing is Forgetting may not be just the best biography of an artist out there but also one of the best books on contemporary art-making." -- Eugenia Bell Frieze

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