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Upcoming – Robert Irwin: Site Determined

January 29 – April 15, 2018
Opening Reception: January 28, from 4 – 6 p.m.

Robert Irwin: Site Determined is the first museum exhibition dedicated to the creative process of one of the most significant American artists of the postwar generation. The visitor is invited to explore four decades of Irwin’s outdoor environmental projects through rarely exhibited drawings and architectural models. Site-determined art, Irwin has explained, “draws all of its cues (reasons for being) from its surroundings.” This exhibition promises insights into Irwin’s working process as he developed aesthetic responses to such cues, including his Window Wall on the CSULB campus, Central Garden at the J. Paul Getty Center in Los Angeles to his most recent site-determined work, Untitled (dawn to dusk) in Marfa, Texas.

This exhibition is organized by the University Art Museum, CSULB, and is curated by Dr. Matthew Simms, Professor of Art History, CSULB.

A richly illustrated catalogue , also called Robert Irwin: Site Determined, is available for purchase and is published by the UAM and DelMonico Books•Prestel.  It includes historical and interpretive essays written by specialists on Irwin’s art, Dr. Matthew Simms, Sally Yard, and Ed Schad, with an introduction by UAM Director, Kimberli Meyer. To order a catalogue please contact Membership Coordinator Shirley Brilliant

This project is made possible by generous funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Elaine Ridder, Tom and Barbara Peckenpaugh, Dr. Ronald and Sylvia Hartman, Michael and Susan Davis, Michael and Lynn Stearns, Helen and Stanley Molles, and Judy Ross.

color pencil drawing on mylar
Robert Irwin
Marfa Color Plan, 2002
Color pencil on Mylar
Sheet: 30 x 42 inches
Collection Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego
Promised gift of L.J. Cella

For more information about Robert Irwin: Site Determined