Category Archives: Minimalism

Odos Architects – “Living Minimally”

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Aakash Nihalani – “The Urban Art of Minimalism”

“We all need the opportunity to see the city more playfully, as a world dominated by the interplay of very basic color and shape. I try to create a new space within the existing space of our everyday world for … Continue reading

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Sol LeWitt – “A Wall Drawing Retrospective”

Historic Restrospective of Large-Scale Drawings by Sol LeWitt Opens at MASS MoCA Meeting Ground New York Time Slideshow

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Ad Reinhardt – “The eye is a menace to clear sight.”

“The more stuff in it, the busier the work of art, the worse it is. More is less. Less is more. The eye is a menace to clear sight. The laying bare of oneself is obscene. Art begins with getting … Continue reading

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Ad Reinhardt “Art is art-as-art”

Ad Reinhardt, Abstract Painting No.5 -1962 “Art is art-as-art and everything else is everything else.” Ad Reinhardt “…the monochromatic paintings of Ad Reinhardt hark back to works by Kazimir Malevich and Piet Mondrian, in which pure color and geometric order … Continue reading

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Gerrit Rietveld “the form must triumph over the material.”

“(the) work in its entirety must be able to stand freely and brightly on its own two feet, and the form must triumph over the material.” Gerrit Rietveld

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Robert Morris “The Object is Less Self-Important”

“The object has not become less important. It has merely become less self-important. ” Robert Morris Quoted in Dan Flavin, Proposals for the visible, by Beatrice von Bismarck, p.14

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Dan Flavin “The Essence of Art”

Beginning in 1963, Flavin adopted commercially available fluorescent light as the primary medium for his art. Notably, he preferred standardized, utilitarian fluorescent light to custom-designed, showy neon. He confined himself to a limited palette (red, blue, green, pink, yellow, ultraviolet, … Continue reading

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Dan Flavin “Light as a Matter of Fact”

One might not think of light as a matter of fact, but I do. And it is, as I said, as plain and open and direct an art as you will ever find. Dan Flavin Quoted in The Strange Case … Continue reading

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Robert Morris “Indeterminacy as Aspect of Existence”

Robert Morris (1931 Kansas City, Missouri) is an American sculptor, conceptual artist and writer. He is regarded as one of the most prominent theorists of Minimalism along with Donald Judd but he has also made important contributions to the development … Continue reading

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Sol LeWitt “Structures”

Sol LeWitt (September 9, 1928 – April 8, 2007) American artist linked to various movements, including Conceptual art and Minimalism. LeWitt rose to fame in the late 1960s with his wall drawings and “structures” (a term he preferred instead of … Continue reading

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Sol LeWitt “The artist as mystic”

“Artists are mystics rather than rationalists. They leap to conclusions that logic cannot reach.” “The artist’s aim is not to instruct the viewer, but to give information, whether the viewer understands the information is incidental to the artist.”

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Carl Andre – Greatest economy, Greatest ends

“‘Minimal’ means to me only the greatest economy in attaining the greatest ends.”(1) Carl Andre Quoted in Minimalism- Art of Circumstance, Cross River Press Press, 1988, p.14 “In a 1996 interview, the sculptor Carl Andre, wrote this in a passage … Continue reading

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Donald Judd “The Purest Element of Art”

Donald Judd, Stage Set, Vienna “Donald Judd described his sculptures as specific objects. … challenging the way artists made and conceived artworks and the way in which viewers respond to them. It is almost as if they were challenging the … Continue reading

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Donald Judd – “to create reality, not a picture of it”

“Donald Judd (June 3, 1928 – February 12, 1994) was a minimalist artist (a term he stridently disavowed). In his work, Judd sought autonomy and clarity for the constructed object and the space created by it, ultimately achieving a rigorously … Continue reading

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