'Minimalism comprises one of the key movements in post-war art. The term 'minimalism' was coined to describe the work of a group of American artists who, in the 1960s, produced a decidedly unexpressionistic, reductive work with a hard industrial feel. While numerous minimalist painters exist, among them Robert Ryman, Robert Mangold and Brice Marden, most of the key Minimalists - Andre, Flavin, Judd, LeWitt and Morris - produced sculptures or, as some put it, "specific objects" or "objects in a world of objects".

'Although none of the artists actually accepted the term 'Minimalism', their common use of serial, modular or repeating forms (from Carl Andre's floor sculptures of readymade bricks or Judd's stacked boxes) as well as the abstraction and industrial production of the work, drew these artists' work together. As opposed to the vulgar and populist Pop Art, Minimalism, like conceptualism, considered itself 'high art'. These artists' aim was to create an art that was non-hierarchical (no single part of the work takes precedence over any other) and thus entirely democratic.

'With direct access to many of the artists' archives, this book is the most comprehensive and definitive sourcebook on Minimalism available.'(from publisher's website)
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editor

James MEYER

Location code REFL.MEJ2
Language

English

Keyword

sculpturepainting

Publication/Creation date

2000

No of pages

304

ISBN / ISSN

0714834602

No of copies

1

Content type

anthology

Chapter headings
Survey

- James MEYER

Works
1959-63 - First Encounters
1964-67 - High Minimalism
1967-79 - Canonisation/Critique
1980-Present - Recent Works
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1959-63 - First Encounters
1964-67 - High Minimalism
1967-79 - Canonisation/Critique
1980-Present - Recent Writings
Minimalism
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Minimalism