Minimalism wasn't a real idea - it ended before it started.
A school of abstract painting and sculpture that emphasizes extreme simplification of form, as by the use of basic shapes and monochromatic palettes of primary colors, objectivity, and anonymity of style.
Primarily an American Art movement
Works surfaced primarily in the 1950’s and 1960’s
Often considered a reaction to World War II
Usually a response to the way the artist felt about a certain issue rather than a reflection on the artist’s capabilities.
GOAL: to allow the viewer to experience the work more intensely without distractions of composition and theme
Transition from Abstract Expressionism Bartnett Newman: Concord , 1949 Bartnett Newman: Be I (second version), 1970 Bartnett Newman: Genesis – The Break , 1946
Elimination of the Artist’s Hand
Geometric Madinat as-Salam I by Frank Stella, 1970
Non-Representational Untitled by Dan Flavin, 1973
Repetition Stack by Donald Judd
Industrial Materials Unititled by Donald Judd
Experiential Cigarette by Tony Smith
Elimination of the Artist’s Hand Wall Drawing No. 681 by Sol LeWitt
Close Reading The Marriage of Reason and Squalor II by Frank Stella,1959