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ROSALIND KRAUSS. Toward the center of the field there is a slight mound, a swelling in the earth, which is the only warning given for the. University of Barcelona, Krauss, Rosalind La escultura en el campo expandido, in H. Foster (ed) La postmodernidad, Barcelona, Kairós, ( ). Rosalind Epstein Krauss () is an American art critic and theorist. . ( Brazilian Portuguese); “La escultura en el campo expandido”, in La.

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It follows, then, that within any one of the positions generated by the given logical space, many different mediums might be employed. Which is not to say that they were an early, or a degenerate, or a variant form of sculpture.

This is because these terms express a strict opposition between the built and the not-built, the cultural and the natural, between which the production of sculptural art appeared to be suspended.

Their purpose and pleasure is exactly that they are opposite and different. Sculpture is rather only one term on the periphery of a field in which there are other, differently structured possibilities. Because rosalinf was ideologically prohibited, the complex had remained excluded from what might be called the closure of post-Renaissance art. Which is to say one enters modernism, since it is the modernist period of sculptural production that operates in relation to this loss of site, producing the monument as abstraction, the monument as pure marker or base, functionally placeless and largely self-referential.

Enter the email address you signed up with and we’ll email you a reset link. Bywith the Partially Buried Woodshed at Kent State University, in Ohio, Robert Smithson had begun to wxpandido the complex axis, which for ease of reference I am calling site-construction. Skip to main content. It follows as well that any single artist might occupy, successively, any one of the positions. Remember me on this computer. And once this has happened, once one is able to think one’s way into this expansion, there are —logically— three other categories that one can envision, all of them a condition of the field itself, and none of them assimilable to sculpture.

The failure of these two works as monuments is signaled not only by the fact that multiple versions eecultura be found in a variety of museums in various countries, while no version exists on the original sites —both commissions having eventually collapsed. There seems no reason not to use it.

But in addition to actual physical manipulations of sites, this term also refers to other forms of marking. And it also seems the case that within the limited position of rsalind itself the organization and content of much of the strongest work will reflect the condition of the logical space.

Labyrinths and mazes are both landscape and architecture; Japanese gardens are both landscape and architecture; the ritual playing fields and processionals of ancient civilizations were all in this sense the unquestioned occupants of the complex.


Their failure is also encoded onto the very surfaces of these works: Because as we can see, sculpture is no longer the privileged middle term between two things that it czmpo.

Sculpture in the Expanded Field, en: The Sculpture in the Expanded Field. Help Center Find new research papers in: I am thinking here of the sculpture of Joel Shapiro, which, though it positions itself in the neuter term, is involved in the setting of images of architecture within relatively vast fields landscapes of space.

In order to name this historical rupture and the structural transformation of the cultural field that characterizes it, one must have recourse to another term. These installations, emerging from both architects and artists, operate on the fundamental conditions of the architectural, without producing buildings. The first were commissioned in as the doors to a projected museum of decorative arts; the second was krausz in as a memorial to literary genius to be set up at a specific site in Paris.

Expabdido Mirror Displacements in the Yucatan were probably the first widely known instances eschltura this, but since then the work of Richard Long and Hamish Fulton has focused on the photographic experience of marking.

In with the observatory he escutlura in wood and sod in Holland, Robert Morris had joined him. In every case of these rosalid structures, there is some kind of intervention into the real space of architecture, sometimes through partial reconstruction, sometimes through drawing, or as in the recent works of Morris, through the use of mirrors.

But whatever the medium employed, the possibility explored in this category is a process of mapping the axiomatic features of the architectural experience —the abstract conditions of openness and closure— onto the reality of a given space.

It is these two characteristics of modernist sculpture that declare its status, and therefore its meaning and function, as essentially nomadic. But to think the complex is to admit into the realm of art two terms that had formerly been prohibited from it: Similarly, the possible combination of landscape and not-landscape began to be explored in the late s.

It is organized instead through the universe of terms that are felt to be in opposition within a cultural situation. One is the work expanddo in in the Green Gallery —quasiarchitectural integers whose status as sculpture reduces almost completely to the simple determination that it is what is in the room that is not really the room; the other is the outdoor exhibition of the mirrored boxes-forms which are distinct from the setting only because, though visually continuous with grass and trees, they are not in fact part of the landscape.

The expansion to which I am referring is called a Klein group when employed mathematically and has various other designations, among them the Piaget group, when used by structuralists involved in mapping operations within the human sciences. Over the last three decades, the blurred boundaries kauss art and architecture have generated a series of works known as installations, whose conceptual, spatial and material trajectories have produced a new and expanding network of relations between the domains of architecture, sculpture, interiors and landscape.

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They were part of a universe or cultural space in which sculpture was simply another part —not somehow, as our historicist minds would have it, the same.

Log In Sign Up. For, if those terms are the expression of a logical opposition stated as a pair of negatives, they can be transformed by a simple inversion into the same polar opposites but expressed positively. These considerations apply, obviously, to other expaandido as well — Charles Simonds, for example, or Ann and Patrick Poirier. With these two sculptural projects, I would say, one crosses the threshold of the logic of the monument, entering the space of what could be called its negative condition —a kind of sitelessness, or homelessness, an absolute loss of campi.

As was true of the category of the marked site, photography can be used for this purpose; I am thinking here of the video corridors by Nauman. Through its fetishization of camo base, the sculpture reaches downward to absorb the pedestal into itself and away from actual place; and through the representation of its own materials or the process of its construction, the sculpture depicts its own autonomy.

Sculpture, it could be said, had ceased being a positivity, and was now the category that resulted from the addition of the not- landscape to the not-architecture. The purest examples that come to mind from the early s are both by Robert Morris.

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Click here to sign up. Our culture had not before been able to think the complex, although other cultures have thought this term exppandido great ease.

In this sense sculpture had entered the full condition of its inverse logic and had become pure negativity: That is, the not-architecture is, according to the logic of a certain kind of expansion, just another way of expressing the term landscape, and the not-landscape is, simply, architecture.

And what began to happen in the career of one sculptor after another, beginning at the end of the s, is that attention began to focus on the outer limits of those terms of exclusion. So our diagram is filled in as follows: Rodin’s Gates of Hell and his statue of Balzac were both conceived as monuments.

The one already in use in other areas esclutura criticism is postmodernism.