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date: 18 September 2019

Process artlocked

  • Tom Williams


Term used to discuss art that emphasizes the procedures and materials of artistic practice in the finished product. The term became widely used after Robert Morris’s 1968 essay ‘Anti-Form’ advocated process, mutability, and change over the immobility and geometry of minimalist sculpture. In addition to Morris, it is typically applied to post-minimalist artists such as Lynda Benglis, Eva Hesse, Barry Le Va, and Richard Serra, among others, but it has also been used to describe figures such as Joseph Beuys and Hans Haacke. It is also sometimes used very loosely to discuss any artistic practice that shares a preoccupation with process and materials. Many of the artists associated with this tendency were featured in the 1968 Warehouse Show (actually titled 9 at Leo Castelli) organized by Morris for the Castelli Gallery’s storage space in New York’s Upper West Side and in the 1969 exhibition Anti-Illusion: Procedures/Materials at the Whitney Museum of American Art....

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