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“Have I Reasons is a complex collection of writings. The book challenges the reader on many levels . . . [and] affords an insight into the mind of an influential artist of our time.” - Brontë Coe, M/C Reviews
“Morris is an extremely good writer. . . . It is written so skilfully that when the essay stops there is a feeling of disappointment similar to reading an unfinished novel. . . . Many artists and writers have written about the influence of childhood on artistic work, but this is by far the most elegant and subtle I have read. . . . This is a very rich but open book. . . . [T]his book is a must have, written by an artist whose work has contributed to some of the most significant shifts in art practice of our time.” - Edward Allington, Art Monthly
“Morris has consistently been one of the most well read, articulate, and intensely self conscious artists in the last one hundred years. . . . Readers of Morris’s second volume of writings will be struck by the explicitly political viewpoint of such essays, as well as by the deft handling of philosophy and prose that graces even Morris’s more polemical writing in his old age.” - Melissa Ragain, Criticism
“[Robert Morris’s] career is most remarkable. And this book provides perhaps the largest reason why; he successfully navigated his way from art making to art theory with the development of a new genre of writing.” - Ben Schacter, Consciousness, Literature, and the Arts
“Have I Reasons is the authoritative text for the study of Robert Morris’s later work and for the historical reconsideration of his earlier work. Unrelentingly provocative and entertaining, the writings reflect his wonderfully quirky mind, his gift for narrative, his wide learning and curiosity, and his cool, laconic style combined with mordant outrage and irony.”—W. J. T. Mitchell, editor of Critical Inquiry and author of What Do Pictures Want?
“Robert Morris is one of the most important postwar American artists. Have I Reasons is a valuable resource for an understanding and reconsideration of his work and the postwar neo-avant-garde production in which it played such a pivotal role. Compared to his seminal earlier writings, those from the 1990s and beyond collected here are more insistently autobiographical, more overtly and straightforwardly political. This transformation is one that, at least in part, reflects a transformation in his visual art.”—Branden W. Joseph, author of Random Order: Robert Rauschenberg and the Neo-Avant-Garde