ROBERT MORRIS | Photo Cabinet



Castelli Gallery
Photo Cabinet, 1963/1975
Signed and dated on label on verso
Painted wood cabinet and photographs
15 x 10.75 x 1 in.


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Robert Morris (American, 1931-2018) is a central figure of Minimal Art. Throughout his eclectic career, Morris made influential works in a range of disciplines, as a sculptor, painter, dancer and performer. Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, he became instrumental in defining three artistic movements - Minimalism, Process art, and Earthworks. Morris was also a prolific writer, and his essays from the 1960s are considered foundational documents of the era.

Morris grew up in Kansas City, Missouri. He took classes at the University of Kansas City and the Kansas City Art Institute in 1948. Morris then transferred to California School of Fine Arts in 1951, but left to serve in the United States Army Core of Engineers in 1951. In 1953, he enrolled at Reed College, Oregon, to study psychology and philosophy. It is at Reed College that he met his future wife, choreographer Simone Forti. Two years later, Morris returned to California and in 1960, he moved to New York.

Morris first exhibited with Castelli Gallery in 1967. In his show at Castelli Gallery in April 1968, Robert Morris exhibited for the first time his iconic Felt works. These works created the bridge between Minimal and Post-Minimal Art. Castelli Gallery worked closely with Robert Morris throughout his career and continues to work with the Estate of Robert Morris today.

Morris’s work was included in the landmark exhibition, Live in Your Head: When Attitudes Become Form, curated by Harold Szeemann at the Kunsthalle Bern in 1969.

His work has been the subject of numerous monographic exhibitions, including at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (1970); Tate Museum, London (1971); Art Institute of Chicago (1980); Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art (1986); and Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. (1990). A retrospective of Robert Morris’s work was organized by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in 1994.

Morris’s sculptures are on permanent display at Dia:Beacon, New York.

Photo Credit: © 2020 The Estate of Robert Morris / Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York