One of the most influential artists working in the United States today, Irwin began as a painter in the 1950s. Throughout the 1960s, his work became more minimal and symbolic in nature, which led him to question traditional artistic methods and media. As one of the pioneers of the “Light and Space” movement in Los Angeles in the 1970s and early 1980s, Irwin created innovative, experimental art that progressed toward installation work and an exploration of aesthetic perception as the fundamental feature of art. Irwin began to expand his concept of the role of art to include work made directly in the world or in response to events or phenomena—work that he calls “conditional art.” Prime examples include an arts enrichment master plan for the Miami International Airport; the lush Central Gardens at the J. Paul Getty Center; and the architecture and grounds for Dia in Beacon, New York. In 1984, Irwin became the first artist to receive the prestigious John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellows Program “genius award.” Irwin’s work is held in numerous public and private collections worldwide. He lives and works in San Diego, California.
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