Robert Morris “Indeterminacy as Aspect of Existence”

Robert Morris -Two Columns, 1961 ;Corner piece, 1964. Installation

Robert Morris -Two Columns, 1961 ;Corner piece, 1964. Installation

Robert Morris (1931 Kansas City, Missouri) is an American sculptor, conceptual artist and writer. He is regarded as one of the most prominent theorists of Minimalism along with Donald Judd but he has also made important contributions to the development of performance art, land art, the Process Art movement and installation art.

Morris later described an art represented by a “marked lateral spread and no regularized units or symmetrical intervals…” in “Notes on Sculpture 4: Beyond Objects,” originally published in Artforum, 1969, continuing to say that “indeterminacy of arrangement of parts is a literal aspect of the physical existence of the thing.” The general shift in theory of which this essay is an expression suggests the transitions into what would later be referred to as Postminimalism.

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