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ROBERT MORRIS

Robert Morris, Blind Time III, 1985, graphite on paper, 38 × 50".


ROBERT MORRIS has said that his work is a form of “investigation.” During the 1960s and ’70s, the period of Minimal, post-Minimal, and Conceptual art, he devoted attention to processes of mind and body—to making, perceiving, and knowing. He sometimes turned to models from science and technology, although he explained that his efforts were born of a desire to disprove rather than prove: to push systems in ways that exposed their lies. In his critical writing, he examined new developments in sculpture with clinical precision. Later, drawing from his early work even as he appeared to reject it, Morris emphasized one process in particular, memory, which he explored using an iconography of personal and historical experience—of childhood, political crisis, dreams, myth, war. If Marcel Duchamp was the artist’s chief adopted forebear during the first phase of his career, then the key

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