Minimalism The Cool School. The term "minimalist" is characteristic of anything which is spare or stripped to its essentials. Minimalism. LOCAL: U.S. in 1960’s-70’s FORM: Abstract, geometric modules LOOK: Clean, bare, simple TECHNIQUE: Machine-made MEANING: You be the judge.
The term "minimalist" is characteristic of anything which is spare or stripped to its essentials.
Although monochrome canvases by painters like Robert Ryman, Brice Marden, Robert Mangold, and Agnes Martin are called Minimalist, it is primary a school of sculpture. The founding fathers are all American sculptors like Donald Judd, who defined Minimalism as ”getting rid of the things that people used to think were essential to art.”
An all white painting measuring 9 1/2 " x 10" and signed twice on the left side in white umber
Donald Judd, “untitled,“ 1969
Carl Andre, “Sulcus,” 1980 Western red cedar wood overall 150 x 90 x 90 cm
Andy Warhol, Campbell Soup-1-screenprint-1968
Metal shelves attached to a gallery wall, panes of glass on a gallery floor, a plank leaning against a wall are all Minimalist art.
Untitled by Donald Judd - St. Louis, Missouri
in Abstract Public Sculptures
Donald Judd, Untitled, 1990, Anodised aluminium, steel and acrylic
Donald Judd's untitled from 1979
(b. 1935) went to the opposite extreme from traditional vertical, figurative sculpture on a pedestal. Instead, he arranged bricks, cement blocks, and flat slabs on the floor in a horizontal configuration, as in his 29 –foot-long row of bricks on the ground.
(b. 1931) is known for large=scale, hard-edge geometric sculptures like big, blocky right angles. “Unitary forms do not reduce relationships,” he said. “They order them/.” Morris also does antiform sculpture in soft, hanging material like felt. The pieces droop on the wall, sculpted by gravity.
His “Untitled” sculpture is a great example of Minimalism. Made in the years of 1965-71, the sculpture consists of four mirror plated glass and wood cubes arranged as if they had been placed in the four corners of a square.
Robert Morris, installation in the Green Gallery, New York, 1964. Seven geometric plywood structures painted grey.
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