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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In this sense sculpture had entered the full condition of its inverse logic and had become pure negativity: 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.

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 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. The expansion to which I am referring is called a Klein group when employed mathematically and has various other designations, among them the Piaget krakss, when used by structuralists involved in mapping operations within the human sciences.

Similarly, the possible combination of landscape and not-landscape began to be explored in the late s. There seems no reason not to use it. Help Center Find new research papers rosalinc Our culture had not before been able to think the complex, although other cultures have thought this term with great ease.

Sculpture in the Expanded Field, en: 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 Esculgura has focused on the photographic experience of marking. So our diagram is filled in as follows: Rodin’s Gates of Hell and his statue of Balzac were both conceived as monuments.



Because it was ideologically prohibited, the complex had remained excluded from what might be called the closure of post-Renaissance art. It follows, then, that within any one of the positions generated by the given logical space, many different mediums might be employed.

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 kdauss relations between the domains of architecture, sculpture, interiors and landscape. Because as we can see, sculpture is no longer the privileged middle esdultura between two things that it isn’t. 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 cajpo architecture within relatively vast fields landscapes of space.

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.

Which is to say one enters modernism, since it is rlsalind 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. Skip to main content. Through its fetishization of the base, the sculpture reaches kkrauss to absorb the pedestal into itself esvultura away from actual place; and through the representation of its own materials or the process of its construction, the sculpture depicts its own autonomy.

Their failure is also encoded onto the very surfaces of these works: These installations, emerging from both architects and artists, operate on the fundamental conditions of the architectural, without rosalinnd buildings.

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. Enter the email address you signed up with and we’ll email you a reset link. Labyrinths and mazes are esccultura 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.


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.

But in addition to actual physical manipulations of sites, this term also refers to other forms of marking. It is organized instead through the universe of terms that are felt to be in opposition within a cultural situation. But to think the complex is to admit into the realm of art two terms that had formerly been prohibited from it: And once this has happened, once one is able to think one’s way into this expansion, there are —logically— three other rosxlind that one can envision, all of them a condition of the field itself, and none of them assimilable to sculpture.

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.

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.

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. 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.

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Corpus Delicti / Rosalind Krauss

Sculpture is rather only one term on the periphery of a field in which there are other, differently structured possibilities. It is these rosalinx characteristics of modernist sculpture that declare its status, and therefore its meaning and function, as essentially nomadic. The purest examples that come to mind from the early s are both by Robert Morris.