Exhibition view: Robert Irwin, Sprüth Magers, Los Angeles (23 January–21 April 2018). Courtesy the artist and Sprüth Magers, Los Angeles. Photo: Robert Wedemeyer.
Inside a gleaming San Diego tract home, 89-year-old artist Robert Irwin reclines in his favorite leather lounge chair, snug in his favorite worn baseball cap, sipping a fizzy Coke over ice.
Irwin has lived here about 15 years 'because my wife wanted kids on the block for our daughter,' he says of his now 23-year-old. Still, the cozy setting seems incongruous. With dark sunglasses donned and legs outstretched, Irwin appears less the renowned contemporary artist that Los Angeles County Museum of Art Director Michael Govan calls one of the most innovative artists of the '60s and '70s and more a relaxed suburbanite, tanned and ruggedly handsome.