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Present in the Making

From ArtForum, 1970, “Some Notes on the Phenomenology of Making” by Robert Morris

“Much attention had been focused on the analysis of the content of art making—its end images—but there has been little attention focused on the significance of the means…I believe there are ‘forms’ to be found within the activity of making as much as within the end products. These are forms of behavior aimed at testing the limits and possibilities involved in that particular interaction between one’s actions and the materials of the environment. This amounts to the submerged side of the art iceberg.”

Below: Robert Morris, Untitled (Pink Felt), 1970, Felt pieces of various sizes, overall dimensions variable. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Panza Collection

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