previews

  • Robert Irwin, Who’s Afraid of Red, Yellow and Blue³, 2006, mixed media. Installation view, PaceWildenstein, New York. Photo: Genevieve Hanson. © Roert Irwin 2006/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, NY.

    Robert Irwin

    Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego | Downtown
    1100 and 1001 Kettner Boulevard
    October 21 - April 13

    Curated by Hugh M. Davies

    Although selected mainly from the museum’s own holdings, this showing of more than forty works by Robert Irwin is remarkably retrospective in quality, running from his early paintings of the late 1950s through the shadow disks of the late ’60s, and on to more recent drawings and models. The main attraction, though, will be five site-specific installations: a larger version of Who’s Afraid of Red, Yellow and Blue³, 2006, shown at PaceWildenstein in New York earlier this year; a related work with wall-mounted panels of black, white, and secondary colors, as well as the primaries; an installation with multiple fluorescent lights; and two new scrim pieces (one black, one white). The show traces Irwin’s path into the new territory, at once subtle and declarative, that he has recently begun to map.