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Robert Irwin papers, circa 1940-2011, bulk 1970-2011

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Irwin (Robert) Papers

Scope and Content of Collection

The Robert Irwin papers are comprised of correspondence, personal writings, clippings, and audiovisual and digital materials, as well as project files, photographs, drawings, and models pertaining to his environmental works. The material dates from 1970, the year he sold the contents of his Venice, California studio, to 2011. The project files, photographs, and drawings present a comprehensive view of his site-specific, primarily public, artworks, both executed and unrealized, from the 1980s. Particularly well documented are 48 Shadow Planes, 1983, Old Post Office, Washington, D.C.; Arts Enrichment Master Plan, proposed 1986, Miami International Airport; Two Architectural Towers, proposed 1989, City Front Plaza, Chicago; Dia:Beacon, 1996-2003, New York; and the Getty central garden, 1992-ca. 2008, Los Angeles.

Arrangement note

The papers are organized in nine series:
Series I. Correspondence, 1975-2010;
Series II. Personal writings, ca. 1940-1999, undated;
Series III. Project files, 1970-2009, undated;
Series IV. Clippings and ephemera, ca. 1960-2011, undated;
Series V. Photographs, ca. 1969-2003, undated;
Series VI. Audiovisual and digital material, 1971-2010, undated;
Series VII. Project drawings, ca. 1970-2007, undated;
Series VIII. Project models, ca. 1979-ca. 1993;
Series IX. Miscellaneous, undated

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