It’s shaping up to be a very nice June for artist Robert Irwin, and lovers of his difficult-to-categorize work, which conjures sublime, subtle visual experiences with an impressive economy of materials. Dia:Beacon, the museum the artist helped design in Beacon, New York, just unveiled his latest piece, Excursus: Homage to the Square3, and now digital publisher Artifex Press has announced that it will publish a catalogue raisonné of his work, which will cover his entire career, from the 1950s to the present. Marianne Stockebrand, who directed the Chinati Foundation in Marfa, Texas, from 1994 to 2010 has been tapped to be its editor.
Artifex, which has previously published digital catalogues raisonnés for Jim Dine, Tim Hawkinson, and Chuck Close, noted in a news release that Stockebrand organized an Irwin retrospective at Kölnischer Kunstverein, in Cologne, Germany, where she was director from 1989 to 1994, the year of the show. She has also served as director of the Westfälischer Kunstverein, in Münster, Germany, and curator of Krefelder ￼2 ￼Kunstmuseen, in Krefeld, Germany.
Those who are headed to Art Basel in Switzerland in a few days can also get a taste of Irwin, who is 86, in the Unlimited section, where Pace will present a “site-conditioned” (his preferred term) work by the artist.