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Box with the Sound of Its Own Making


Robert Morris

American, born 1931

While cherished notions of art focus on the hand of a single artist, here Morris challenges the need for a recognizable creator while also poking fun at the myth of the artist as genius. Through sound and a simple form, he rejects any illusion of romance in the process of making art and presents the viewer with a record of the entire three-and-a-half-hour process from start to finish.

Wood, internal speaker, Wooden Cube: 9 3/4 x 9 3/4 x 9 3/4 in. (24.8 x 24.8 x 24.8cm) Overall: 46 x 9 3/4 x 9 3/4in. (116.8 x 24.8 x 24.8cm); TRT 3.5 hours, Gift of the Virginia and Bagley Wright Collection, 82.190, © 2007 Robert Morris

Inscribed: Underside in black ink: Box With The Sound of Its Making Inside. R. Morris Jan 9, 1961

Provenance: Green Gallery, New York; purchased by Virginia and Bagley Wright, Seattle, Washington, October 29, 1963; gifted to Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, Washington, December 30, 1982

Now on view at Seattle Art Museum

Photo: Elizabeth Mann