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Untitled (1961)

Robert Morris

The work of Robert Morris has strong connections with the new dance movements of the 1960s which developed around artists such as Simone Forti, Yvonne Rainer and other members of the Judson Dance Theatre. Influenced by what he saw and experienced in the realm of choreography, Morris began, like Forti in dance, to work on ideas that took the human body and its measures as the source for most of the works – in Morris's case, from the 1960s onward, mainly pre-minimal sculptures based on his own body measurements. For Untitled, he created a wooden box, not unlike an inexpensively fabricated coffin, made exactly to his proportions, and he placed himself vertically inside it. In so doing, the artist, has he put it, 'performed' the box.

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