Andre Barry Huebler Kosuth LeWitt Morris Weiner is commonly referred to as The Xerox Book owing to its original conception as a book to be produced using Xerox photocopiers. The publication was ultimately printed using commercial offset lithography when the costs of using photocopiers proved to be higher than traditional printing. The Xerox Book comprises original projects made for the pages of the publication by the seven artists named in its title. The pioneering art dealer Seth Siegelaub and Jack Wendler, who would later become a dealer, offered each artist twenty-five pages in which to create a work that could only be seen as a serialized, page-by-page progression formatted for a book. Both the artists and the publishers viewed the pages of The Xerox Book as a singular exhibition venue for new artistic presentationsone that contains art in the same way a museum or commercial art gallery does.
Gallery label from From the Collection: 1960-69, March 26, 2016 - March 12, 2017.
Beginning in the late 1960s, Morris, who had previously made geometric plywood and steel forms, began to use more malleable media, such as felt, inviting the material’s properties and chance operations—in this case, gravity—to play a role. He called this Process Art. Morris was active in experimental dance beginning in the 1950s and was interested in the corporeal aspects of felt; its “skinlike” qualities resonated with his own concerns at the time.