This week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast features one of the greatest living artists, Robert Irwin. A exhibition of Irwin’s newest work is on view now at The Pace Gallery in New York, where Irwin and I taped this week’s show.
Before Irwin started making pieces with light and scrim, he was a painter. On this week’s show Irwin and I discussed how eliminating frames from his paintings was something of a step for him — and Irwin names several of the painters that have been important to him, even as he moved away from painting. The painters and paintings he offers are great examples of how oil-on-canvas can still motivate artists who have given up on the medium.
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Image: Robert Irwin, Untitled, ca. 1960-61. Collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego.