The work of Ree Morton (Ossining, NY, 1936 – Chicago, 1977) can be found in the specific art scene in the USA around 1970, characterised by a strong reaction to Abstract Expressionism, via Minimal art, on the one hand, and Conceptual art and Pop art on the other. Different hard-to-classify movements materialised and were defined by Lucy Lippard as “Eccentric Abstraction”, or, for instance, Post-minimalism and phenomenological and performative practices inclined towards ritualism, animism and the body.
The beginning of Ree Morton’s career in the late sixties was characterized by an appropriatonal mode towards Minimalism and Post-minimalism. However, the minimalist dogmas of asepsis, non-composition, seriality and the use of industrial materials were counteracted by the artist with the above mentioned practices as well as a phenomenological and cartographic exploration of space. Later in her career she would evolve a particular allegorical repertoire by adopting a specific use of materials for highly theatrical and emblematical settings, which recurred to rhetorical twists and turns, to art history, codes of the so called feminine and the performative potential of sculpture.
A first major retrospective of her work was organised in the New Museum in New York in 1980, yet it wasn’t until 2008-2009 that another solo exhibition was held, this time in the Generali Foundation, Vienna. The show devoted to the artist in the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía aims to represent a new landmark in the study of her work, consolidating the research conducted up to now to make it the most complete retrospective to date that runs from her early work through to her final pieces.
Reina Sofia Museum's Publications
11 November, 2020 - 1 March, 2021
Mondrian and De Stijl
22 October, 2020 - 4 April, 2021
From North to South, Rhythms
14 October, 2020 - 15 February 2021
Sound Experimentation 1980-2020
7 October, 2020 - 26 April, 2021
Niño de Elche
Invisible Auto Sacramental: A Sonic Representation from Val del Omar
23 September, 2020 - 1 March, 2021
Art in Sound up to 1980
29 July, 2020 - 11 January, 2021
Our Memory Is Being Stolen
17 July, 2020 - 28 February, 2021
To a raven and hurricanes that from unknown places bring back smells of humans in love
25 September 2020 – 5 February 2021
What Are We Doing Here?
Alternative Spaces in Madrid at the Turn of the CenturyMuestras documentales, Biblioteca y Centro de Documentación