Topic: Michael Fried before Tony Smith's DIE, 1967

“The beholder knows himself to stand in an indeterminate, open-ended – and unexacting – relation as subject to the impassive object. In fact, being distanced by such an object is not, I suggest, entirely unlike being distanced, or crowded, by the silent presence of another person; the experience of coming upon literalist objects unexpectedly – for example, in somewhat darkened rooms – can be strongly, if momentarily, disquieting in just this way.”
Michael Fried: Art and Objecthood  (1967)