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At the Gagosian

Peter Campbell: James Turrell

16 December 2010
...  a large space at street level. He adjusted the skylights, painted the walls white, knocked out the wall facing the street and replaced it with semi-transparent white scrim. ‘The room,’ LawrenceWeschler 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 ...

At the Royal Academy

Daniel Soar: Hockney

9 February 2012
... making incredible new work at a faster rate than ever before. He has talked of the liberation he feels through painting at scale from the arm, the shoulder, the whole body. His advice to his friend LawrenceWeschler 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 ...

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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... careful avoidance of narrative suggestions, Tracy Chevalier’s Girl with a Pearl Earring invented a romance about Vermeer and his household as told by the girl in the painting known by that name. LawrenceWeschler 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 ...

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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... looks very simple, and very easy to do, eyes narrow and muttering starts about the emperor’s new clothes. The gap, between those willing to take risks and those unwilling to look fools, widens. LawrenceWeschler’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 ...

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