Robert Morris (American, 1931-2018)
72 x 144 in. (182.9 x 365.8 cm) 
Credit Line:
Norton Simon Museum, Gift of the Men's Committee 
Accession Number:
© 2017 Robert Morris / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York Reproduction, including downloading of ARS works is prohibited by copyright laws and international conventions without the express written permission of Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York 
Not on View

Recognized for his inventive approaches to sculpture, Morris is best known for his Minimalist compositions. Interested in the idea that sculpture defines space rather than form, the artist began a series of works in 1967 that defied traditional design. Referred to as “anti-forms,” these new sculptures were made from industrial felt, a non-traditional or “anti-art” material. Predicated on its ability to be shown in an infinite number of ways, the soft felt was folded, piled, and heaped onto the floor or hung in temporary arrangements on the wall. Initially, chance played an essential role in the constant remaking of the piece; however, as these forms evolved, the disposition of the felt became more controlled, encouraging the piece to assume a more consistent structure.


Robert Morris, sold 1969 to;
Men's Committee, donated 1969 to;
Pasadena Art Museum, Pasadena, 1969-1975;
Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena.

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