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A Robert Morris Retrospective in Detroit

IN JANUARY THE DETROIT INSTITUTE of Art opened the second leg of an exhibition which began at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington and which will end at the Whitney Museum. The Washington and Detroit shows have presented aspects of Robert Morris’s work during the past ten years; most probably the Whitney will touch on all periods of the sculptor’s development in a more complete way.

Undoubtedly, Morris is one of the most thoughtful and influential artists of this decade. By 1967 the poetic uniqueness of his works had produced something of a legend among younger artists (e.g., someone spotting the chalked remark on another Minimalist’s outdoor piece, “Bob Morris did it better”). One senses that, by last year, Morris could have fire-bombed the Met and a half dozen museums would have vied for the photographed results as a process show. That’s magnetism of a rare sort. But, moreover, no

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