Robert Morris

Born 1931
Hometown Kansas City, MO
Lives and Works New York, NY and Gardiner, NY
MA, Hunter College, New York, NY, 1964
California School of Fine Arts, San Francisco, CA, 1951
Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO, 1950
University of Kansas City, Kansas City, MO, 1950

Sculptor and painter Robert Morris pioneered many of the major artistic movements of the 1960s and 1970s. He is known for his role in defining the Minimalist movement in the mid-'60s after publishing an influential series of articles in New York and exhibiting his large conceptual, geometric sculptures that embodied many concepts of Minimalism.

In addition, Morris contributed to the development of performance art, land art, Process art, and installation art. His work in the 1970s was characterized by the use of ephemeral and experimental materials to create impermanent sculptures that challenged the physicality of the art object. His style changed in the 1980s when he returned to drawing and painting, integrating them with sculpture to produce dark, apocalyptic visions.

Although much of Morris's greatest work no longer physically exists due to its transient quality, it lives on as a contribution to the history of art in photographs and written documentation.

Robert Morris Gallery Art


Greenberg Van Doren Gallery, New York, NY
Sprüeth Magers, Berlin, Germany and London, England
Leo Castelli Gallery, New York, NY

Permanent Collection

Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Tate Modern, London, England
Soloman R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA
Walker Art Collection, Minneapolis, MN
Whitney Museum of Art, New York, NY
The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC

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