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This is an impressive, dramatically large Minimalist etching with aquatint from the late 1970s - part of Robert Morris' iconic prison series "In the Realm of the Carceral." It is done on gorgeous, heavy paper. Conceptual/Minimalist master Robert Morris did a series of works related to the spatial relationships in prisons, where the traffic of humans is regulated by a specific geometry. He was also known for ambitious land art projects. This work was part of a series which is in the permanent collection of the Guggenheim Museum and is referenced in the book "Continuous Project Altered Daily: The Writings of Robert Morris" and many other publications. The provenance of this work is excellent as it was acquired directly from the printer -- Styria Studio.
Excellent condition. Unframed.
Catalogue Raisonne Reference: Fig. 37 in "Robert Morris: Estampes et Multiples 1952-1998, Catalogue Raisonne" by Christophe Cherix, Geneve et Chatou 1999.
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Signature: Signed and numbered in pencil on the front
Publisher: Printer: Styria Studio, Inc. New York, Publisher: S & A Lithographic Plates, NYC
Fig. 33 in "Robert Morris: Estampes et Multiples 1952-1998, Catalogue Raisonne" by Christophe Cherix, Geneve et Chatou 1999.
Acquired directly from the printer, Styria Studio, Inc.
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.
American, b. 1931, Kansas City, Missouri