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White felt, metal grommets, one piece of string
Overall: 144.8 x 289.6 cm (57 x 114 in.)
© The Estate of Robert Morris / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
John L. Severance Fund 2014.11
In April 1968, Robert Morris published an article entitled "Anti-Form" in the prestigious international contemporary art magazine Artforum, coining the term and encouraging other artists to embrace the element of chance in their installations.
In this sculpture Robert Morris uses a large piece of industrial felt material, curling and affixing two corners to create a neat geometric form from the soft, heavy material. Untitled is part of a larger series of sculptures the artist created in the spirit of the “anti-form”—works that depart from the rigid, hard edges of Minimalist sculpture. Morris noted that “Felt has anatomical associations, it relates to the body—it’s skinlike.”
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