Art: Maximizing the Minimal

Way back in 191 3, an unwary art critic covered himself with retrospective ignominy by mocking Dadaist Marcel Duchamp's cubistic Nude Descending a Staircase as looking more like "an explosion in a shingle factory." There is no such danger today awaiting critics of Minimal Sculptor Robert Morris ¬óeven though some of his work does indeed look like an explosion in some sort of factory¬óbecause Morris' untitled pieces are not intended to represent anything. "What you see is what there is," says Morris. Since 1962, Morris watchers have seen him exhibit an 8-ft.-square slab...

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