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9 in a Warehouse

AN IDEA OF THE IMPLAUSIBLE INNOVATIONS that charge many of the new sculptures at an exhibition called 9 at Castelli, in a spacious upper west side gallery warehouse, may be obtained by imagining, of all things, how the works must be prepared for re-shipment back to the studio. Instead of being dismantled, unhooked, dollied and crated, these sculptures will have to be rolled up (Bollinger), swept into a pile (Serra), chipped and chiseled from a corner (Serra), and scraped and scrubbed from the wall (Sonnier). All of which is a way of saying that their approach to installation hints inordinately of the thinking processes and esthetic objectives of a clutch of young sculptors, half of whom have yet to be shown formally (or informally) in one-man exhibitions. (They were brought together here by Robert Morris.) For in their studiedly casual arrangements, or their almost osmotic grip into the

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