Robert Morris: Recent Felt Pieces and Drawings
20 July – 23 August 1997
Exhibition in Galleries 1, 2 and 3
Felt has long been a favourite material used by Morris to inform and question the realm of sculpture.
Robert Morris (born in Kansas City, Missouri, 1931 and living in New York), is one of the most important and influential Minimalist artists of his generation. He is also a versatile teacher and 'magician of styles' who has created a comprehensive and complex ouvre over three decades. Morris's work has rarely been seen in the UK. The first major showing took place at the Tate Gallery in 1971 in an exhibition curated by the artist with David Slyvester and Michael Compton which was the subject of some controversy.
The exhibition concentrates on a group of felt works created during a residency at L.A.C, Sigean, during the summer of 1996, alongside a selection of drawings from the 'Blind Time' series, dated from 1991.
The 'Blind Time' series of drawings was initiated in 1973 and returned to in 1976, 1985 and 1991. Rosalind Krauss describes these works on paper, made by Morris with his eyes closed, as 'pure exercises in touch'. They are completely independent. Together these two groups of works reflect Morris' ideas: the space reducing, physical presence of material, the spiritual and aesthetic adventure of creation, the process-like forms of his works and the artistic exploitation of natural laws.