Robert Morris: Continuous Project Altered Daily: The Writings of Robert Morris (1993)

1 September 2015, dusan

“Robert Morris is best known for his significant contributions to minimalist sculpture and antiform art, as well as for a number of widely influential theoretical writings on art. Illustrated throughout, this collection of his seminal essays from the 1960s to the 1980s addresses wide-ranging intellectual and philosophical problems of sculpture, raising issues of materiality, size and shape, anti-illusionism, and perceptual conditions.

Included are the influential ‘Notes on Sculpture’ which in four parts carefully articulates the shifting terrains of sculpture during the 1960s, tracing its movement from the gestalt-driven unitary forms of minimalism, through permutable pieces to the formally dispersed process-oriented antiform art that appeared later in the decade, and Morris’s landmark essay on ‘Anti Form’, which marked a departure from art as object. In ‘The Art of Existence’, Morris deftly and humorously invents three artists, who in their movement away from object-art and toward the extra-visual, reveal the limits and conditions of modern sculpture. Essays of the 1970s and 1980s reveal Morris’s preoccupation with the broad conditions of memory and space, which were explored in his experiments with land reclamation and land art, with labyrinthine environments and carceral imagery. In the later essays, Morris looks at modern art’s development in America, based on a framework of strategies produced by Duchamp, Pollock, and other key figures. And in a refiguration of an interview with Roger Denson, Morris acts out a subtle mockery of himself and his art, collapsing the high seriousness of the intended format into a playful scheme.”

Publisher MIT Press, 1993
An October Book
ISBN 026213294X, 9780262132947
xi+326 pages

Reviews: Gary Shapiro (Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 1997), Tony Godfrey (Art Book 1994).


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Ada Raev: Russische Künstlerinnen der Moderne (1870-1930). Historische Studien, Kunstkonzepte, Weiblichkeitsentwürfe (2002) [German]

10 August 2015, dusan

“Mit ihren Werken, ihren theoretischen Positionen und ihren Aktivitäten im zeitgenössischen Kunstleben haben russische Künstlerinnen die Geschichte der russischen und europäischen Kunst zwischen 1880 und 1930 wesentlich mitgeprägt.

Das Buch spürt den mentalitätsgeschichtlichen, politischen und institutionellen Voraussetzungen des Phänomens “Russische Künstlerinnen der Moderne” nach und stellt ihr Wirken im zeitgenössischen Kanon der Künste (Kunsthandwerk, Graphik und Buchkunst, Malerei, Plastik, Szenographie) vor.”

Publisher Wilhelm Fink, Munich, 2002
Open access
ISBN 3770536991, 9783770536993
451 pages

Reviews: Renate Berger (kritische berichte 2004), Karoline Hille (Frauen Kunst Wissenschaft 2004), Alexandra Oberländer (Jahrbücher für Geschichte Osteuropas 2005).



Leslie Martin, Ben Nicholson, Naum Gabo (eds.): Circle: International Survey of Constructive Art (1937/1971)

14 June 2015, dusan

This book contains work and writings by virtually all the leading architects and artists of the international constructivism of the 1930s.

First published in London, 1937.
Reprinted by Praeger Publishers, New York, 1971
viii+291 pages
in the Unlimited Edition


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