Burning Petroleum, from "Earth Projects, A Suite of 10 Prints"

Accession Number

Burning Petroleum, from "Earth Projects, A Suite of 10 Prints"

Robert Morris

Object Creation Date

Medium & Support
lithograph on Rives BFK Paper

30 in x 22 1/8 in (76.2 cm x 56.2 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Manoogian

Label copy
Gallery Rotation Spring/Summer 2011
Robert Morris
United States, born 1931
Burning Petroleum, from the portfolio Earth Projects
Lithograph on wove paper
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Manoogian, 1973/1.247

Subject matter
This print is one of a series of ten works in a portfolio titled, "Earth Projects." They were pulled in the Detroit Workshop at the Common Ground of the Arts in Detroit during the summer and fall of 1969. Robert Morris stated, "They are organized around certain phenomena that can best be experienced outside... dust storms, earthquakes, plowed fields, sudden changes of temperature, Indian mounds, concrete dams, formal gardens, steam rising from city streets, natural disasters and aftermath, suburban hedges and gravel paths, burning industrial wastes storage dumps of vast quantities of materials...most of the projects would, if built, be of such a scale that the whole of the work could not be seen. This would allow the body [to explore the work] through walking rather than through an instantaneous visual impression." The immense scale of these projects often meant that the work’s overall structure or shape would be visible to the spectator only from a distance, while the experience in greater proximity to the work would necessarily be only partial.

Physical Description
This lithograph on white wove paper is horizontally oriented with a grid of light gray lines on a white background. On the left side is a yellow contour map with a red line and a small red colored shape. On the right there are two diagrams, one above the other, and connected by vertical lines. On the bottom is a cross section plan with two yellow colored hills and a concave section between them. This section is filled with jagged red form on top of a green form with wavy lines. The plan above that is a bird’s eye view with red and green sections corresponding to the diagram below. There are word labels for these diagrams.

Primary Object Classification

Collection Area
Modern and Contemporary

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