Essays, an interview, and a roundtable discussion on the work of one of the most influential American artists of the postwar period.
This October Files volume gathers essays, an interview, and a roundtable discussion on the work of Robert Morris, one of the most influential American artists of the postwar period. It includes a little-known text on dance by Morris himself and a never-before-anthologized but influential catalog essay by Annette Michelson. Often associated with minimalism, Morris (b. 1931) also created important works that involved dance, process art, and conceptualism. The texts in this volume focus on Morris's early work and include an examination of a 1971 Tate retrospective by Jon Bird, an interview with the artist by Benjamin Buchloh, a conversation from a 1994 issue of October about resistance to 1960s art, and an essay by this volume's editor, Julia Bryan-Wilson, on the labor involved in installing the massive works in Morris's 1970 solo exhibition at the Whitney. Spanning 1965 to 2009, these writings map the evolution of critical thought on Morris over more than four decades.
About the Author
Julia Bryan-Wilson is Associate Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art at the University of California, Berkeley, and the author of Art Workers: Radical Practice in the Vietnam War Era.
George Baker is Professor of Art History at the University of California, Los Angeles, and an editor at October magazine and October Books. He is the editor of James Coleman (MIT Press) and a frequent contributor to Artforum.Yve-Alain Bois studied at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes under the guidance of Roland Barthes and Hubert Damisch. A founder of the French journal Macula, Bois is currently a professor in the School of Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ.
Benjamin H. D. Buchloh is Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Modern Art in the Department of History of Art and Architecture at Harvard University and an editor of October magazine. He is the author of Neo-Avantgarde and Culture Industry: Essays on European and American Art from 1955 to 1975 (MIT Press) and other books.
Table of Contents
Series Preface vii
Notes on Dance (1965) Robert Morris 1
Robert Morris-An Aesthetics of Transgression (1969) Annette Michelson 7
A Conversation with Robert Morris in 1985 (1994) Benjamin H. D. Buchloh 51
The Mind/Body Problem: Robert Morris in Series (1994) Rosalind Krauss 65
The Reception of the Sixties (1994) Rosalind Krauss Denis Holder Annette Michelson Hal Foster Silvia Kolbowski Martha Buskirk Benjamin H. D. Buchloh 111
Robert Morris and John Cage: Reconstructing a Dialogue (1997) Branden W. Joseph 137
Minding the Body: Robert Morris's 1971 Tate Gallery Retrospective (1999) Jon Bird 153
Robert Morris's Art Strike (2009) Julia Bryan-Wilson 177