Leo Castelli Gallery is pleased to announce 1934 and Before, an exhibition of new large scale works by Robert Morris.
1934 and Before is an exhibition of works based on events and images that took place during that year or before. If Morris’ Blind Time Drawings subtracted sight from the making of the work, this new body of work subtracts memory, as they draw on public images and family photographs of events pre-dating the artist’s earliest recollections.
Subjects in 1934 and Before include major depression-era events that have become indelible in historical memory: the Nuremberg rally of 1934, a bread line, Mid-West dust storms, and the 1934 Minneapolis Teamsters Strike. Two works in the series reference pre-historical images.
Eight in total, Morris refers to these large works as drawings. The works were executed in acrylic and epoxy on aluminum panels using sea sponges. Some drawings will be rotated throughout the course of the exhibition.
Robert Morris was born in 1931 in Kansas City Missouri. He studied at the University of Kansas, Kansas City Art Institute and Reed College. Morris’ work has been the subject of numerous museum solo exhibitions including New York‘s Whitney Museum of American Art in 1970; the Art Institute of Chicago in 1980; the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art in 1986 and Washington D.C.‘s Corcoran Gallery of Art in 1990. In 1994 the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York organized a major retrospective of the artist‘s work that traveled to the Deichtorhallen in Hamburg and the Musée National d‘Art Moderne in Paris. From November 2009 until May 2010 the Museum Abteiberg in Mönchengladbach showed the exhibition Robert Morris. Notes on Sculpture - Objects, Installations, Films. Morris currently lives and works in New York.
A catalog featuring an interview with the artist has been published on the occasion of the exhibition. For further information please contact Jessica Duffett at Jessica@castelligallery.com.