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Robert Morris (b. 1931)

American, 1931–2018

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Robert Morris (b. 1931)

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American, 1931–2018

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Robert Morris was a crucial figure in the establishment of Minimalism, Process Art, and Land Art. His earliest explorations of Minimalism were the props he made for performances at the Judson Dance Theater where his wife, Simone Forti, was a choreographer and dancer. Later, Morris would explore the use of industrial materials such as aluminum and steel, accompanied by influential essays that helped establish the theories around Minimalism and other movements. Moving toward Process art, in 1963 he created Metered Bulb, a lightbulb displayed alongside an electric meter that monotonously recorded its energy expenditure. He would experiment widely with heavy felt, mirrors, textiles, waste products, steam, and dirt, creating ephemeral works that deconstructed the very notion of the art object. Morris was also involved in Performance art, collaborating with Walter De Maria and La Monte Young, among others.

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Centre Pompidou, and 3 more
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The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 20 more
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Artforum, and 5 more
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Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 3 more
Biography

Robert Morris was a crucial figure in the establishment of Minimalism, Process Art, and Land Art. His earliest explorations of Minimalism were the props he made for performances at the Judson Dance Theater where his wife, Simone Forti, was a choreographer and dancer. Later, Morris would explore the use of industrial materials such as aluminum and steel, accompanied by influential essays that helped establish the theories around Minimalism and other movements. Moving toward Process art, in 1963 he created Metered Bulb, a lightbulb displayed alongside an electric meter that monotonously recorded its energy expenditure. He would experiment widely with heavy felt, mirrors, textiles, waste products, steam, and dirt, creating ephemeral works that deconstructed the very notion of the art object. Morris was also involved in Performance art, collaborating with Walter De Maria and La Monte Young, among others.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Blue chip status
Blue chip representation
Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
User
Solo show at a major institution
Centre Pompidou, and 3 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 20 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 5 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 3 more
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A Guide to Interpreting Contemporary Dance
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