Catalogues we love: MCASD on Irwin

MCASDIrwinBook.jpgI love to refer readers to good, new books about art. Unfortunately, there aren't very many. Most contemporary museum catalogues are written by people who spent too much time at Bard. Too many essays are simply impenetrable. (I think this Chip Kidd quote says it well.) And then there are the catalogues that are little but flimsy faux-scholarship dressed up in an appealing package. 

So it's a particular joy to page through a catalogue that is engaging, smart, thorough and visually rich: MCASD's publication for its recent Robert Irwin collection-driven semi-retrospective. The catalogue was just published, which means it's chock-full of installation shots from MCASD's Irwin presentation (which will be discussed on MAN soon, I promise). It also includes several of Irwin's own writings and a fine Q&A between Irwin and MCASD director Hugh Davies. The book also comes with a DVD that features a 20-minute documentary on Irwin. (If you're on your way to an art school this fall I suspect you'll see it sooner rather than later.)

Also, for those of us who are particularly excited about the project Irwin has created for the Chinati Foundation, so far as I know this is also the first publication of Irwin's Chinati plans. Many of the Chinati drawings are a promised gift to the MCASD.

Question: What is it about Irwin that inspires such good writing/publications? Seriously. I don't know.

Related: It's 40% off, too.
March 20, 2008 11:33 AM |

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