Untitled

  • Robert Irwin, Untitled, 1980, mixed media: fiberboard, paper, plastic and fabric, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Transfer from the General Services Administration, 1980.49.6

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Robert Irwin believes that the viewer’s perceptions, rather than material objects, define a place. In 1983, for a General Services Administration commission at the Old Post Office in Washington, D.C., Irwin hung forty-eight panels of translucent fabric in rows from the atrium ceiling. Irwin intended the fabric to alter the way the viewer looked at the whole space.

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“Of course we all think we simply see . . . but do we really? . . . we pass through the world habituating and editing out much more than we ever acknowledge.” Robert Irwin, quoted in Robert Irwin, ed. Russell Ferguson, 1993

Title
Untitled
Artist
Date
1980
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
22 3/4 x 22 1/8 x 10 in. (57.8 x 56.2 x 25.4 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Transfer from the General Services Administration

Mediums
Mediums Description
mixed media: fiberboard, paper, plastic and fabric
Classifications
Keywords
  • Abstract – geometric
  • Architecture Interior – civic – post office
Object Number
1980.49.6
Palette
Linked Open Data
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