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Robert Grosvenor

Margo Leavin Gallery

Like most Minimalist sculptors, Robert Grosvenor explores the dialectic between object and surrounding environment in order to disclose a semantic space in which work, artist, and viewer can coexist in mutual contingency. While this strategy has remained consistent since his first gravity-defying geometries of the ’60s, the artist’s concerns have evolved considerably. The early indoor works, with their often enigmatic relationship to the surrounding architecture, tended to expand formal issues into more fluid areas of supplementarity and reception: Does the work supplement the space? Does the viewer supplement the work? Or vice versa? In contrast, Grosvenor’s indoor and outdoor “sites” of the 10s and ’80s introduced more overtly anthropological and political elements.

Although Grosvenor’s stacks of creosoted beams and blocks may evoke Carl Andre’s sculptural readymades, his use of heavy

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