Minimalism in art

Minimalism is an extreme art form in which the artworks are commonly made up of simple geometric shapes presented in straightforward and no-frills arrangements. Hands down one of the most influential and crucial art styles of the 1960s, born in the United States, minimalism is often dubbed the “bare-bone” art form.

Minimalist art is prized for its lack of dynamic touches or any decorative flourishes. It’s an abstract form of art that is characterized by the absence of embellished structures and fancy elements, often leaning towards sculptures rather than paintings.

Carl Andre, Dan Flavin and Donald Judd are some of the most renowned minimalist artists.

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Isamu Noguchi’s Red Cube sculpture – A masterpiece in New York

Red Cube is a gigantic monumental sculpture by the American landscape architect and artist Isamu Noguchi, located out in Lower Manhattan. The minimalist masterpiece combines architecture and art, creating a fascinating monochromatic cube that balances nimbly on one of its corners. Notwithstanding its title, Red Cube isn’t an actual cube but rather looks as …

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Artist Richard Long’s groundbreaking A line made by walking

The photograph reveals a straight line receding towards tall bushes and trees. It is a straight line of trampled grass that appears in a field. Below the image, the writing says A Line Made By Walking and England 1967. The whole artwork is a documentation of Richard Long’s land artwork. It documents his work: …

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What is Hiroshi Sugimoto’s Theaters photography project all about?

Hiroshi Sugimoto biography Hiroshi Sugimoto was born in 1948 in Tokyo but later moved to Los Angeles to pursue photography at the Art Centre College of Design. He settled in New York, where he soon began his study of conceptual photography. Over the years, Hiroshi Sugimoto has become one of the most critically acclaimed artists …

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Dansaekhwa: Korean monochrome painting: Everything you need to know

What is Dansaekhwa? Dansaekhwa is an art movement born in South Korea in the 1970s. The pioneers of Dansaekhwa are born between 1913 and 1936 and avoided any reference to Western realism in their works, creating primarily monochrome and minimalist paintings. Dansaekhwa or Tansaekhwa is a term used to refer to a loose grouping of …

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Jaehyo Lee (이재효) & his massive organic sculptures – Our top 10

Jaehyo Lee (b. 1965, Hapchen, South Korea) graduated in 1992 with a BFA from the Hong-Ik University in Seoul. Combining distinct traces of Land Art, Arte Povera and Minimalism Lee´s works cast a questioning eye over the roots of form, its function and its role within the natural world. Work between modern art and …

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Richard Serra’s One Ton Prop (House of Cards) – The summation of his work

Richard Serra has undeniably consolidated his career in contemporary art through his many controversial works including his now well known installation One Top Prop. Most Richard Serra exhibitions have elicited debates and discussions. In some cases, visitors have even sustained injuries, and there have even been some incidences of death recorded. This sculpture killed …

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What made Richard Serra’s Tilted Arc sculpture so controversial?

Embed from Getty Images Who is Richard Serra? Richard Serra is a leading sculptor who is known for creating minimalist artwork. While he began his career after studying fine arts at Yale University, he created the sculpture Tilted Arc in 1981 in New York after celebrating his fortieth birthday. By this time, he was already …

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Why are Sol LeWitt’s wall drawings so influential?

Sol LeWitt’s Wall Drawings 1,350 Wall Drawings in four decades Over the course of his prolific and influential career, Sol LeWitt (1928–2007) produced approximately 1,350 wall drawings, comprising approximately 3,500 installations at more than 1,200 venues. Why did Sol LeWitt let others paint his ideas? Early in his career, Sol LeWitt began to have others …

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