The Easel

Robert Irwin’s Art Takes New Forms Right Before Your Eyes at the Hirschhorn

It must take courage for an artist to abandon something that is proven for the unknown. After experimenting with abstract expressionism Irwin steadily abandoned images because “they implied messages to be deciphered, messages to be read, and he wanted to get away from all that. By 1970 he … put away his tools, closed his studio and announced that environments alone, perception altering spaces, would be his concern”