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Robert Morris, Maybe They Won’t Find Out, 2014–15, linen, resin, 46 × 32 × 72". © Robert Morris/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

Robert Morris

Castelli Gallery

Robert Morris, Maybe They Won’t Find Out, 2014–15, linen, resin, 46 × 32 × 72". © Robert Morris/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

Robert Morris, now eighty-four, is a figure of singular importance to American sculpture, painting, Conceptualism, and performance art. His recent exhibition, which he titled—with admirable didactic zeal—“MOLTINGSEXOSKELETONSSHROUDS,” comprised several figural groups made of Belgian linen. Saturated with epoxy resin and draped over life-size mannequins, the linen, when dry, is lifted from its support, becoming, in turn, a ghostly exoskeleton, the memory of what had once been the weighty dross below: immaterial weightlessness versus earthen matter.

The new shells of figures—light but not insubstantial, translucent and sharply responsive to changes in illumination—were then set about the gallery space, some upon the floor while others scampered up the wall to challenge our sense of gravitational logic. The works also suggest the molted carapaces of arachnids or

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