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At the Gagosian

Peter Campbell: James Turrell, 16 December 2010

... out the wall facing the street and replaced it with semi-transparent white scrim. ‘The room,’ Lawrence Weschler wrote, ‘seemed to change its aspect with the passing day: people came and sat on the opposite curb, watching, sometimes for hours at a time.’ I would like to have seen it, but I am happy to imagine it now it is long gone. Turrell’s ...

At the Royal Academy

Daniel Soar: Hockney, 9 February 2012

... through painting at scale from the arm, the shoulder, the whole body. His advice to his friend Lawrence Weschler about how to paint on an iPhone was that you shouldn’t fiddle around with your finger but wield your prehensile thumb for maximum speed and dexterity. A film about him made a couple of years ago by Bruno Wollheim – echoing those films ...

Open to Words

Svetlana Alpers: Vermeer and Globalisation, 26 February 2009

Vermeer’s Hat: The 17th Century and the Dawn of the Global World 
by Timothy Brook.
Profile, 272 pp., £18.99, July 2008, 978 1 84668 112 7
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... a romance about Vermeer and his household as told by the girl in the painting known by that name. Lawrence Weschler wrote Vermeer in Bosnia after having been in the Hague, where he passed from the inhumane violence presented at the Yugoslav war crimes tribunal to what he refers to as the ‘peace-filledness’ and the ‘condition of being a unique ...

End of the Road

Peter Campbell, 17 March 1983

Seeing is forgetting the name of the thing one sees: A Life of Contemporary Artist Robert Irwin 
by Lawrence Weschler.
California, 212 pp., £11.25, June 1982, 0 520 04595 5
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Scenes in America Deserta 
by Reyner Banham.
Thames and Hudson, 228 pp., £8.50, November 1982, 9780500012925
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Megastructure 
by Reyner Banham.
Thames and Hudson, 224 pp., £5.95, February 1981, 0 500 27205 0
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... clothes. The gap, between those willing to take risks and those unwilling to look fools, widens. Lawrence Weschler’s life of the Californian artist Robert Irwin is the best description I know of why spending months deciding how to put two orange lines on an orange square, or why offering a strip of black tape round the skirting of a gallery as your ...

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