Being and Circumstance Notes Toward a Conditional Art
by Irwin, Robert
San Francisco: Lapis Press. Near Fine in Near Fine dust jacket. 1985. First Edition. Hardcover. 157 pages; Clean and tight in original black cloth binding in bright pictorial dustjacket. Includes epilogue, selected biography and bibliography. Illustrated with 63 reproductions (26 color, including cover), some plans of various architectural and sculptural projects. Introductory essay followed by documentation on seventeen site-specific projects dating from 1978 to 1984. From the text: The wonder of it all is that what looked for all the world like a diminishing horizon – the art-objects becoming so ephemeral as to threaten to disappear altogether – has, like some marvelous philosophical riddle, turned itself inside out to reveal its opposite. What appeared to be a question of object/non-object has turned out to be a question of seeing and not seeing, of how it is we actually perceive or fail to perceive things in their real contexts. Now we are presented and challenged with the infinite, everyday richness of phenomenal perception (and the potential for a corresponding phenomenal art, with none of the customary abstract limitations as to form, place, materials and so forth) – one which seeks to discover and value the potential for experiencing beauty in everything. [Robert Irwin] . (Inventory #: 39420)
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