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Untitled, 1967-68

Robert Irwin

American, 1928-
Acrylic lacquer on formed acrylic plastic (with central band)
54 in. diameter (137.2 cm)
Norton Simon Museum, Museum Purchase, Fellows Acquisition Fund
P.1969.065
© 2012 Robert Irwin / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York Reproduction, including downloading of ARS works is prohibited by copyright laws and international conventions without the express written permission of Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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Irwin's disc paintings of 1966-69 erase the distinction between painting and sculpture. The subtly sprayed, convex discs are lit with low-intensity spotlights, which dematerialize their edges. Free-floating apparitions without visible support, the discs fuse with their background and the surrounding ambience. These works invite viewers to contemplate an indefinite, glowing composite of light and shadow that suggests pure energy rather than form or image.

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