Athenaeum in La Jolla to host reception for Robert Irwin exhibit on Friday, Feb. 21

From Athenaeum Reports

The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, in connection with Quint Contemporary Art, will present the work of Robert Irwin, beginning with an opening reception 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, at 1008 Wall St. The exhibition will run through March 29.

As an artist, theoretician and teacher, Irwin played a pivotal role in the development of the unique tenets of modern art. His work became the precursor for art outside the frame and object.

This includes installation art, light and space art, art in public spaces, site-specific art, and what he now terms, “conditional art,” which draws the focus to the relationship and role of the sentient being vis-à-vis the cognitive self.

Over the last 50 years, Irwin has produced some extraordinary exhibitions and projects including: “Fractured Light — Partial Scrim — Eye Level” Museum of Modern Art, New York (1970-1971); “Black Line Room Division + Extended Forms” Whitney Museum, New York (1977); “48 Shadow Planes” Old Post Office, Washington, D.C. (1983); “9 Spaces, 9 Trees” Seattle, (1983); “Two Running Violet V Forms” Stuart Collection UCSD, (1983); “Ascending” Musee d’ Art Moderne deVille Paris, France (1994); “Double Diamond” Musée d’Art Contemporain, Lyon, France (1997-1998); “Exercises” Dia Center for the Arts, New York, “The Central Garden” J. Paul Getty, Los Angeles (1998); “Architecture and Grounds” Dia Beacon, New York (2003); and “Primaries and Secondaries” Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (2007-2008).

Admission to the exhibition is free. The library is open

10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Tuesdays-Saturdays, and 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Closed Sundays and Mondays. For more details, call (858) 454-5872 or visit