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  2. 2. What is Minimalism? <ul><li>Minimalism wasn't a real idea - it ended before it started. </li></ul><ul><li>~Sol LeWitt </li></ul>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.
  3. 3. History/Background <ul><li>Primarily an American Art movement </li></ul><ul><li>Works surfaced primarily in the 1950’s and 1960’s </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Often considered a reaction to World War II </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Usually a response to the way the artist felt about a certain issue rather than a reflection on the artist’s capabilities. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>GOAL: to allow the viewer to experience the work more intensely without distractions of composition and theme </li></ul>
  4. 4. Transition from Abstract Expressionism Bartnett Newman: Concord , 1949 Bartnett Newman: Be I (second version), 1970 Bartnett Newman: Genesis – The Break , 1946
  5. 5. Traits <ul><li>Geometric </li></ul><ul><li>Non-Representational </li></ul><ul><li>Repetition </li></ul><ul><li>Industrial materials </li></ul><ul><li>Experiential </li></ul><ul><li>Elimination of the Artist’s Hand </li></ul>
  6. 6. Geometric Madinat as-Salam I by Frank Stella, 1970
  7. 7. Non-Representational Untitled by Dan Flavin, 1973
  8. 8. Repetition Stack by Donald Judd
  9. 9. Industrial Materials Unititled by Donald Judd
  10. 10. Experiential Cigarette by Tony Smith
  11. 11. Elimination of the Artist’s Hand Wall Drawing No. 681 by Sol LeWitt
  12. 12. Close Reading The Marriage of Reason and Squalor II by Frank Stella,1959