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Anti-form is a term associated with a group of artists working in the United States
in the late 1960s who embraced chance and other organic processes in the
creation of their minimal sculptures

Lynda Benglis
Quartered Meteor 1969, cast 1975
Lead and steel
object: 1500 x 1680 x 1580 mm
Presented by the American Fund for the Tate Gallery, partial purchase and partial
gift of John Cheim and Howard Read 2010 Lynda Benglis
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Related to post-minimalism, anti-form sculptors worked from the principle that
form should be derived from the inherent qualities of the chosen material. This
differed from the approach of earlier minimalist sculptors who imposed order on
their materials and confined themselves to fixed geometrical shapes and
An example of anti-form is Robert Morris 1967 sculpture Untitled in which
hanging strips of industrial felt were allowed to tumble to the ground in an
arbitrary fashion. In this way the artist had to relinquish control of the final
appearance of the artwork.
Artists associated with anti-form include Robert Morris, Lynda Benglis and Eva

Anti-form artists in focus

Lynda Benglis
Eva Hesse
Robert Morris
Lynda Benglis

Lynda Benglis explains why she is not interested in taking an artwork to its final
minimal conclusion but instead lets the nature of the material she uses create a
more open-ended mood and magic.