Princeton

“Line As Language: Six Artists Draw”

Princeton University Art Museum

Robert Morris exhibited a piece in “Line as Language: Six Artists Draw,” at Princeton, which seems directed toward a further elaboration of his concern with the metonymic reflexiveness of space and time, and of institutional impersonality and autobiography. Light-Codex Artifacts 1 (Aquarius) (1974) is a wall-sized drawing made in a way analogous to the method employed in the new drawings he’s currently exhibiting at the Castelli and Sonnabend Galleries, that have to do with temporal measurement. Imposed on the surface—in the form of an arrangement of pushpins—is a map of the Aquarius constellation, Morris’ astrological sign. Biographical signification is in this way juxtaposed with the work’s literal parameters, added to it but still separate from the surface insofar as the location of the pushpins isn’t a response to the drawing itself. This is what I mean when I say that Morris is

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