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This last semester I took an amazing class on minimalist and postminimalist art and theory that exposed me to the really great critical writing that a lot of artists were doing in addition to their practice in the 1960s and 1970s. I ended up doing some writing on the written work of Robert Smithson and Mel Bochner, which you can see an excerpt of in an earlier post, but really felt that I barely cracked the surface of the body of artist's critical writings from the period. Here are a few that I consider essential to beginning to understand the depth and multiplicity of topics that artists were covering during the 60s/70s, along with a few on my personal "must read" list:


Robert Morris, Continuous Project Altered Daily, 1969


Robert Smithson, "A Tour of the Monuments of Passaic, New Jersey, 1967


Donald Judd, "Specific Objects," 1965


Mel Bochner, “Working Drawings and Other Visible Things on Paper Not Necessarily Meant to Be Viewed as Art," 1966


Dan Graham, “Homes for America," 1966-7


Joseph Kosuth, "Art After Philosophy," 1969

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