From summer 2016
Robert Irwin has created a new installation for The Chinati Foundation. The large, U-shaped construction of around 10,000 square feet is the only freestanding structure to have been designed by Irwin of this scale to date.
Irwin was first captivated by Marfa, Texas while driving across the USA in 1971. In 1999, the Chinati Foundation extended an invitation for him to create a major work for the museum. The work will be situated in the Hospital Building at Chinati.
Irwin explains, ‘What actually is going to happen is there are these two long East-West corridors and a shorter North-South wing. You'll enter the building where you do now, on both ends, and the first part will remain open to the sky — no roof, the way it is now, which is actually very nice. So you will experience the building in steps or stages. You enter just at the top of one of the long halls, and you will see a row of 40 windows, and the idea is to use a tint, which I have used down there before, a really nice material that doesn't cost anything and has no physicality.’
Irwin is considered to be one of the most influential figure among a generation of artists based in California who investigated light and space, using the experience of these ephemeral elements as the foundation of their art.
The installation will be inaugurated with a weekend of events on 23 & 24 July 2016, view more information here.
The Chinati Foundation
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Robert Irwin Project, the Chinati Foundation, In progress. Marfa, Texas. Photo courtesy of the Chinati Foundation.