PRINT Summer 1968

The Shape of the Art Environment

ROBERT MORRIS’S ARTICLE ON Anti Form* identifies some formal problems that remain unresolved. The first is suggested by the title itself. Despite its dramatic promise, there is nothing militant in either Morris’s words or in his works; nothing that could be construed as taking a stand against form. So, it is not clear what is meant by “anti form,” unless it means “non form,” and if that quieter term is what is implied, it should be obvious that although someone might be “against” form from an ideological standpoint, his non formal alternative is no less formal than his “formal” enemy. Literal non form, like chaos, is quite an impossible condition to observe. In fact it is inconceivable. The structure of the cerebral cortex and all our biological functions permit us only patterned responses and thoughts of one kind or another. For cultural and personal reasons, we may prefer this pattern

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