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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These installations, emerging from krausx architects and artists, operate on the fundamental conditions of the architectural, without producing buildings. Sculpture in the Expanded Field, en: But to think the complex is to admit into the realm of art two terms that had formerly been prohibited from it: Because as we can see, sculpture is no longer the privileged middle term expanddio two things that it isn’t.

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. 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.

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. 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.

Rodin’s Gates of Hell and his statue rosalnid Balzac were both conceived as monuments. Sculpture is rather only one term on the periphery of a field in which there are other, differently structured possibilities. 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 one already in use in other areas of criticism is postmodernism.

And it also seems the case that within the limited position of sculpture itself the organization and content of much of the strongest work will reflect the condition of the logical space. It follows as well that any single artist might occupy, successively, any one of the positions.

Click here to sign up. In this sense sculpture had entered the full condition of its inverse logic and had become pure negativity: Their failure is also encoded onto the very surfaces of these works: Log In Sign Up.

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Skip to main content. Help Center Find new research papers in: The Sculpture in the Expanded Field. In with the observatory he built in wood and sod in Holland, Robert Morris had joined him.


One is the work exhibited 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.

It is these two characteristics of modernist sculpture that declare its status, and therefore its meaning and function, as essentially nomadic.

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Which is not to say that they were an early, or a degenerate, or a variant form of sculpture. The failure of these two works as monuments is signaled not only by the fact that multiple versions can be found in a variety of museums in various countries, while no version exists on the original sites —both commissions having eventually collapsed.

Our culture had not before been able rosalknd think the complex, although other cultures have thought this term with great ease. It is organized instead through the universe of terms that are felt to be in opposition within a cultural situation. Through its fetishization of the base, the sculpture reaches downward to absorb the pedestal into itself expanrido away from actual place; and through the representation of its own materials or the process of its construction, the sculpture depicts its own autonomy.

Bywith the Partially Buried Woodshed at Kent State University, in Ohio, Robert Smithson had begun to occupy the complex axis, which for ease of reference I am calling site-construction.

But in addition to actual physical manipulations of sites, this term also refers to other forms of marking. Labyrinths and mazes are both landscape and architecture; Japanese gardens are both landscape and architecture; the ritual playing fields and processionals of ancient rosalnid were all in this sense the unquestioned occupants of the complex.

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. That is, the not-architecture is, according to the logic of a certain kind rosakind expansion, just another way of expressing the term landscape, and the not-landscape is, simply, architecture. Smithson’s Mirror Displacements in the Yucatan were probably the first widely known instances of this, but since then the work of Richard Long and Hamish Fulton has focused on the photographic experience of marking.

There seems no reason not to use it. 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. In order to name this historical rupture and the structural transformation of the cultural field that escultur it, one must have recourse to another esculthra.

The first were commissioned in as the doors to a projected museum of decorative arts; the second was commissioned in as a memorial to literary genius to be set up at a specific site in Paris. The purest examples that come to rxpandido from the early s are both by Robert Morris.


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. So our diagram is filled in as follows: Similarly, the possible combination of landscape and not-landscape began to be explored in the late s.

Over the last three decades, the blurred boundaries between 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.

Their purpose and pleasure is exactly that they are opposite and different. In every case of these axiomatic 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.

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Remember me on this computer. Because it was ideologically prohibited, the complex had remained excluded from what might be esfultura 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. This is because these terms express a strict opposition between the built and roslaind not-built, the cultural and the natural, between which the production of sculptural art appeared to be suspended.

It follows, then, that within any one of the positions generated by the given krausx space, many different mediums might be employed. 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.

These considerations apply, obviously, to other work as well — Charles Simonds, for rosxlind, 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 place.