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Rebecca Morris

Rebecca Morris, Untitled (# 15-13), 2013. Oil on canvas, 119 × 97 in. (302.3 × 246.4 cm). Collection of the artist; courtesy Corbett vs. Dempsey, Chicago and Galerie Barbara Weiss, Berlin. Photograph by Lee Thompson

Rebecca Morris, Untitled (# 15-13), 2013. Oil on canvas, 119 × 97 in. (302.3 × 246.4 cm). Collection of the artist; courtesy Corbett vs. Dempsey, Chicago and Galerie Barbara Weiss, Berlin. Photograph by Lee Thompson


Born 1969 in Honolulu, Hawaii
Lives and works in Los Angeles, CA

Rebecca Morris’s paintings are deeply serious, while raising issues of taste in an almost humorous way; they draw from historical forms and innovations and also are completely new and forward-looking. Deeply invested in painting as a medium, her works are inspired by all craft that responds to the idiosyncrasy of the artist’s hand. Her paintings share a strong underlying composition based on a gridded structure. On this foundation, Morris builds up her flat surface with tightly interlaid geometric shapes in a variety of textures and surface treatments to create pockets of expansiveness. Together these building blocks result in a completely personal language that Morris has developed, with a unique internal logic whose constituent parts are not always readily apparent. 

In response to criticisms of abstract painting, Rebecca Morris wrote her manifesto, “For Abstractionists and Friends of the Non-Objective,” as a tongue-in-cheek yet absolutely sincere call to arms for practitioners of the form. This list of missives to herself, her students, and her fellow artists—including “Triangles are your friend”; “Never stop looking at macramé, ceramics, supergraphics and suprematism”; “Perverse formalism is your god”; “Make work that is so secret, so fantastic, so dramatically old school/new school that it looks like it was found in a shed, locked up since the 1940’s”; and “When in doubt, spray paint it gold”—reveals the directness and contradictions characteristic of her work.

On View

Second Floor

Rebecca Morris’s work is on view in the Museum’s second floor galleries.

Works by Rebecca Morris

Rebecca Morris, Untitled (# 15-13), 2013. Oil on canvas, 119 × 97 in. (302.3 × 246.4 cm). Collection of the artist; courtesy Corbett vs. Dempsey, Chicago and Galerie Barbara Weiss, Berlin. Photograph by Lee Thompson
Rebecca Morris, Untitled (# 15-13), 2013 (detail). Oil on canvas, 119 × 97 in. (302.3 × 246.4 cm). Collection of the artist; courtesy Corbett vs. Dempsey, Chicago and Galerie Barbara Weiss, Berlin. Photograph by Lee Thompson
Rebecca Morris, Untitled (# 15-13), 2013 (detail). Oil on canvas, 119 × 97 in. (302.3 × 246.4 cm). Collection of the artist; courtesy Corbett vs. Dempsey, Chicago and Galerie Barbara Weiss, Berlin. Photograph by Lee Thompson
Rebecca Morris, Untitled (#14-13), 2013. Oil on canvas, 101 × 101 in. (256.5 × 256.5 cm). Collection of the artist; courtesy Corbett vs. Dempsey, Chicago and Galerie Barbara Weiss, Berlin. Photograph by Lee Thompson
Rebecca Morris, Untitled (#14-13), 2013 (detail). Oil on canvas, 101 × 101 in. (256.5 × 256.5 cm). Collection of the artist; courtesy Corbett vs. Dempsey, Chicago and Galerie Barbara Weiss, Berlin. Photograph by Lee Thompson
Rebecca Morris, Untitled (#14-13), 2013 (detail). Oil on canvas, 101 × 101 in. (256.5 × 256.5 cm). Collection of the artist; courtesy Corbett vs. Dempsey, Chicago and Galerie Barbara Weiss, Berlin. Photograph by Lee Thompson