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Untitled, 1969

“I had very specific things in mind when I made the discs. It was a very simple set of questions, really, because I’m a very simple person. The question was, if something is in the painting that doesn’t actually contribute to the painting in a way that merits its being there, then is it actually a distraction? I started taking out those things that were not really contributing, and in that process things kept becoming more and more sparse.”*

-Robert Irwin

 

*Rochelle LeGrandsawyer, “Robert Irwin Interviewed,” in Rebecca McGrew and Glenn Phillips, eds., It Happened at Pomona: Art at the Edge of Los Angeles 1969–1973 (Pomona, CA: Pomona College Museum of Art, 2011), 158