Theory As Poetry: Rosalind Krauss’s “Grids” (1979)


The grid is an introjection
of the boundaries of the world
into the interior of the work;
it is a mapping of the space inside the frame onto itself.

It is a mode of repetition,
the content of which
is the conventional nature of art itself.

As we have a more and more
extended experience of the grid,
we have discovered
that one of the most modernist things about it
is its capacity to serve as a paradigm or model
for the antidevelopmental,
the anti narrative,
the antihistorical.”

-Rosalind Krauss, Grids (1979), pp. 61, 64.

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