Minimalism : An Overview

October 16, 2008 § Leave a comment

Minimalism is the term generally used when talking of music or performance art , when applied to art minimalism was a reaction against the formal overkill and the pretentiousness of abstract expressionism
other names for the minimal art includes ” abc arts , reductivism and rejective art . some critics initially thought they were dealing with outright fraud .. minimalist work seems to test the limit of art .. it is infact a very mature style of painting and sculpture, it is almost spiritual , the work is stripped down to its most fundamental features and core self expression. it stripps away all that is unrequired until all that is left is the bare ” essence ” or soul .
this art movement emerged in the late 1950’s and flourished in the 1960’s and 1970’s with great artists like donald judd , dan flavin , carl andre , so lewitt and robert morris becoming the most important innovators. it had roots in pop art cubism and conceptual art and was also inspired from russian suprematists such as kasimir malevich
we usually think art depicts the real world or reflects an emotion or feeling yet with minimalism , no such attempt is made to ideologically represent the reality of the outside world does not try to signify anything , it mearly exists- an object in it’s own right . it is in a way abstract or considered as conceptual art “what you see is what you see” said the famous frank stella about his paintings. var _gaq = _gaq || []; _gaq.push([‘_setAccount’, ‘UA-33211292-1’]); _gaq.push([‘_trackPageview’]); (function() { var ga = document.createElement(‘script’); ga.type = ‘text/javascript’; ga.async = true; ga.src = (‘https:’ == document.location.protocol ? ‘https://ssl’ : ‘http://www’) + ‘’; var s = document.getElementsByTagName(‘script’)[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ga, s); })();

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