The first book to address the full body of Robert Morris's “object sculptures”
Over the past half-century, American artist and critic Robert Morris (b. 1931) has been a key figure in the history of minimal, post-minimal, and conceptual art. Between 1960 and 1965, part of his artistic output included approximately 100 “object sculptures” or, as Morris called them at the time, “process type objects.” These consist of plaques, containers, and assisted or simulated readymades of wood, Sculpmetal, and lead. This book is the first study to address the object sculptures as a full and complex yet coherent body of work. Jeffrey Weiss, an authority on modernist and postwar sculpture, in close collaboration with Morris, systematically catalogues the object sculptures, and subjects them to critical and historical interpretation in the context of Morris’s early practice overall. Featuring new photography of many of the works and an interview with the artist, this book offers an important and original perspective on a crucial early period in the career of one of America’s most important artists.
“The book, which was about four years in the making, is a beauty, rigorously documenting the more than 100 very strange objects that Mr. Morris made in those years, which are filled with rulers, knots and other tools.”—Andrew Russeth, Gallerist~Gallerist
“It’s unusual for a catalogue raisonné—being expensive, time consuming, and usually of limited interest to non-specialists to appear as a trade book. But this one, written with Clare Davies, handsomely designed and with excellent reproductions…is a revelation.”—Bookforum~Bookforum
'This meticulously researched and beautifully presented book is the first catalogue of the 103 such works that the artist created between 1960 and 1965. . .this important book allows us to fully perceive the artist’s early innovations, perhaps for the first time.'—Karen Lang, Burlington Magazine~Karen Lang, Burlington Magazine
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