Robert Morris,Scatter Piece
Lead, Zinc, Copper, Steel, Brass, Aluminum, and Felt
1968(images from 1968 installation at Castelli warehouse)
© 2013 Robert Morris / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Sponsored by University of Chicago's Department of Art History, Graduate Student Affairs (GSA) and the Open Practice Committee, the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Art and Art History, Northwestern University's Department of Art Theory and Practice (AT&P), and the Office of the Graduate Dean at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Robert Morris was born in Kansas City, MO, in 1931. He studied engineering at the University of Kansas. Later, in Oregon, he devoted himself to the study of philosophy and psychology. In 1959 he moved to San Francisco, where he was engaged in improvisational theater and dance. In 1960 Morris moved to New York. Here he met John Cage, Marcel Duchamp, Jasper Johns, La Monte Young. In New York, Morris created his first large-scale sculptures, and played a central role in the creation of the Minimal Art movement, which emerged in the early sixties around the Green Gallery.
In 1967 Morris created his first “Felt” pieces, which were exhibited at the Leo Castelli Gallery in 1968. In Artforum, he published the essay Anti Form. The work of this period, like Untitled (Scatter Piece), reflects an interest in exploring the concept of “indeterminacy” in connection to the practice of art. This interest is also reflected in the use of non-rigid materials, like Steam. In 1969 the Corcoran Gallery organized a retrospective of Robert Morris, which traveled to the Detroit Institute of Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. A subsequent retrospective was held at Tate in London in 1971. 1n 1994 the Guggenheim Museum in New York hosted a large retrospective, which traveled to the Centre Pompidou in Paris.
Works by Robert Morris are included in major museums’ collections worldwide. Among them: The Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Art Institute, Chicago; the National Gallery of Art, Washington; the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Tate Modern, London.
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