b. Long Beach, California, USA 1928
Lives and works in San Diego, California, USA
Robert Irwin is an innovator in the Light and Space movement. Credited with making works of art that don’t announce themselves as such, Irwin is perhaps best known for the Getty Gardens in Los Angeles, an ever-changing, site-specific installation that explores the interplay between light, flora, and water. The artist began his career as a painter and turned to installation as a means of disposing with medium and object altogether. Irwin’s installations sometimes result from the elimination of forms from a space, such as his removal of window panes at San Diego’s Museum of Contemporary Art to alter the experience of being in the gallery.