Seeing Is Forgetting the Name of the Thing One Sees by Lawrence Weschler
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When this book first appeared in 1982, it introduced readers to Robert Irwin, the Los Angeles artist "who one day got hooked on his own curiosity and decided to live it." Now expanded to include six additional chapters and twenty-four pages of color plates, Seeing Is Forgetting the Name of the Thing One Sees chronicles three decades of conversation between Lawrence Weschler and light and space master Irwin. It surveys many of Irwin's site-conditioned projects—in particular the Central Gardens at the Getty Museum (the subject of an epic battle with the site's principal architect, Richard Meier) and the design that transformed an abandoned Hudson Valley factory into Dia's new Beacon campus—enhancing what many had already considered the best book ever on an artist.
 

About Lawrence Weschler

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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.
 
Published January 1, 2009 by University of California Press. 336 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Arts & Photography, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction

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If you’re an art lover — and especially if you’re an artist — you’ve probably read Lawrence Weschler’s great book-length profile of Robert Irwin, “Seeing Is Forgetting the Name of the Thing One Sees.” The book — either the original version or the updated 2009 version linked to above — has been in...

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