Seeing Is Forgetting the Name of the Thing One Sees (Paperback)

Expanded Edition

By Lawrence Weschler

University of California Press, 9780520256095, 336pp.

Publication Date: February 2, 2009

Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (12/1/1982)
Hardcover (1/1/2009)

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When this book first appeared in 1982, it introduced readers to Robert Irwin, the Los Angeles artist "who one day got hooked on his own curiosity and decided to live it." Now expanded to include six additional chapters and twenty-four pages of color plates, Seeing Is Forgetting the Name of the Thing One Sees chronicles three decades of conversation between Lawrence Weschler and light and space master Irwin. It surveys many of Irwin's site-conditioned projects—in particular the Central Gardens at the Getty Museum (the subject of an epic battle with the site's principal architect, Richard Meier) and the design that transformed an abandoned Hudson Valley factory into Dia's new Beacon campus—enhancing what many had already considered the best book ever on an artist.

About the Author

Lawrence Weschler's many books include Mr. Wilson's Cabinet of Wonder, Vermeer in Bosnia, and Everything That Rises: A Book of Convergences, which won the 2007 National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism.

Praise For Seeing Is Forgetting the Name of the Thing One Sees: Expanded Edition

“A magnetic (now expanded) biography.”

— Robert L. Pincus

“Seeing is Forgetting may not be just the best biography of an artist out there but also one of the best books on contemporary art-making.”

— Eugenia Bell