Robert Morris. Litanies. 1963

Robert Morris Litanies 1963

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Each of the twenty–seven keys in Litanies is inscribed with a word from a text by artist Marcel Duchamp (American, born France. 1887–1968), whose emphasis on the ideas presented by a work of art rather than its aesthetic appearance informed much Conceptual art of the 1960s. When Litanies was purchased by architect Philip Johnson, Morris did not receive payment in a timely fashion. He created Document in response. The typed and notarized text serves to negate the "aesthetic quality and content of the original work," which is presented as "Exhibit A" in frontal and profile views. Johnson then purchased Document, thereby accepting the loss of the value of his first acquisition.

Gallery label from Here Is Every. Four Decades of Contemporary Art, September 10, 2008–March 23, 2009 .
Medium
Lead over wood with steel key ring, keys, and brass lock
Dimensions
12 x 7 1/8 x 2 1/2" (30.4 x 18 x 6.3 cm)
Credit
Gift of Philip Johnson
Object number
517.1970
Copyright
© 2018 Robert Morris / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Department
Painting and Sculpture

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