Robert Irwin, Bed of Roses

Robert Irwin “Bed of Roses” 1962, oil on canvas

“Although they might appear to be square, Irwin’s early line paintings are actually ever-so-slightly rectangular – 66 x 65”. These dimensions were based on Irwin’s experiments into the shifting nature of perception, which cause viewers to perceive them as square. The irregular spacing of lines force our eyes to continually shift focus, heightening our awareness of the ways we perceive over time.” (Hirschhorn)

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