Rosalind Krauss: “Informe” Without Conclusion, 1996

Museum protocols being what they are, however, this latecomer was withdrawn, and the project with the seniority was retained in the form of the exhibition for which these texts serve as one section of the catalogue. And yet, that other, unrealized project might nonetheless continue to function in terms of an implicit protest against seniority understood by it in a wider and more injurious sense of the term: that of supporting the old against the new, of scanting current practice in favor of historical precedents, and thereby, of failing to acknowledge what it takes to be the case, namely, that the reason for the currency of present-day interest in the concept of the informe is to be found in the insistent spread of “abjection” as an expressive mode.

Krauss, Rosalind. “Informe Without Conclusion.” October 78 (Autumn 1996): 89–105.