“Robert Morris: The Mind/Body Problem” at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (February 4–April 17, 1994) & the Guggenheim Museum SoHo (February 4–April 4, 1994)

The long-awaited Robert Morris retrospective opened at the Guggenheim this winter, and oh boy! I’ve seen retrospectives demolish individual reputations, but this one takes a whole era with it: the glory days of the Minimalist movement when works of art were the step-children of philosophical reflection, and when the humid currents of further theoretical musings—mostly in the pages of Artforum—bestowed upon them a gleaming aura of high intellectual ambition and achievement.

“Robert Morris: The Mind/Body Problem” was jointly organized by Thomas Krens, the director of the Guggenheim, and Rosalind Krauss, the Columbia University art historian (Dr. Krauss’s catalogue essay is yet another of her...

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