Robert Irwin: Untitled (Dawn to Dusk), 2016 

The Chinati Foundation, Marfa, TX
Opening July 23, 2016

Production | Acquisition Grant

The Chinati Foundation presents a much-anticipated addition to its permanent collection — a new large-scale installation by Robert Irwin opening in 2016. After years of development, the project — a large, U-shaped construction approximately 10,000 sq. ft. — will be the only freestanding structure designed by Irwin and devoted exclusively to his work. The artist, who turned 86 this year, is widely recognized as one of the most innovative and respected artists of our time. When completed, Irwin’s project will be the first major addition to the museum’s permanent collection since the 2004 opening of a gallery devoted to the paintings of John Wesley, another artist long admired by founder Donald Judd.

This new installation is an artwork in the form of a building with an interior installation. It will be situated on the site of the former hospital for Fort D.A. Russell at the edge of Chinati’s grounds on the outskirts of Marfa. Irwin’s design follows the footprint of the existing structure and preserves elements particular to it. The work will be experienced in halves, with one side of the building dark and the other light. His subtle interventions will enhance the visual experience and include the use of long, transparent scrim walls in black and white, as well as window films that manipulate and frame the changing light conditions that occur throughout the course of the day.

To learn more, visit The Chinati Foundation.

Images: Fort D.A. Russell Hospital site, Marfa, TX; Robert Irwin, Untitled (Four Walls), 2006, special exhibition at the Chinati Foundation, Marfa, TX.