Robert Morris

Untitled

1967-1968
In the early 1960s, Morris focused his artistic practice on two areas: creating enigmatic Neo-Dada objects, inspired by the work of Marcel Duchamp, and on making simple plywood slabs, boxes, columns and “L-beams,” all painted an understated grey. By 1967, however, he had turned away from the latter, labelling it “object-type art,” which he defined as based on “geometric, predominantly rectangular forms.” By working in industrial felt, and giving composition over to chance, “matter and gravity as means results in forms which were not projected in advance ... Random piling, loose stacking, hanging, give passing form to the material.” Acquiring a new shape each time it is displayed, Untitled refuses Minimalism’s clearly defined – and fixed – forms.
Title
Untitled
Date
1967-1968
Medium
Sculpture
Materials
254 pieces of felt
Nationality
American
Credit line
Purchased 1968
Accession number
15646