Minimalism: Art and Polemics in the Sixties

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Yale University Press, 2004 - 340 páginas
What is minimalism? The answer to this simple question has defied simple answers. In this highly readable history of minimalist art James Meyer argues that "minimalism" was not a coherent movement but a field of overlapping and sometimes opposed practices. He traces in comprehensive detail the emergence of six figures associated with the development--Carl Andre, Dan Flavin, Donald Judd, Sol LeWitt, Robert Morris, and Anne Truitt--and how the notion of minimalism came to be constructed around their art in the 1960s. Despite distinctive differences in method and points of view, Meyer shows, these artists became equated in a series of important exhibitions and texts that led to their designation as minimalists.

Beginning with the first reviews of minimalist shows, the book tracks the development of an art that critics dubbed Cool Art, ABC Art, and Primary Structures before settling on the deprecating label "minimal art." Suggesting that such work was overly reduced in form and facture, this term implied that the new abstraction was barely legible as fine art to some viewers. Meyer describes the heated polemic that unfolded in response to these practices, the differing claims of the artists, and the sometimes intense rivalries that developed within a highly competitive, fashion-minded New York art scene. The book culminates with an analysis of minimalism's canonization in the late sixties, its reception in Europe, and its discrediting by leftist viewers who associated the new art with American capitalist-imperialism of the Vietnam War.
 

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a tour of Primary Structures
13
19591962
31
the early years
33
1963
43
the emergence of Judd and Morris
45
Truitt at Andre Emmerich
63
1964
75
Black White and Gray
77
Morriss Notes on Sculpture
153
Judd at Castelli Systemic Painting and the Finch shows
167
seriality as negation
184
Andres brick show
189
displacement into conceptualism
200
1967
209
minimalism and Good Design
211
minimalism and gender
222

Everymans Infinite Art Di Suveros attack
82
Flavin Judd and Stella interviewed
87
enter Flavin Eleven Artists
95
8 Young Artists
109
Morriss plywood show
113
1965
117
1965 the fight for Stellas soul
119
sculptureasplace
129
Specific Objects
134
popularization of the minimal
142
1966
151
Art and Objecthood
229
1968
245
Judds Whitney show and Battcocks anthology
247
USA 19481968 and the reception abroad
253
Minimal Art Anti Form and the social critique of minimalism
262
notes
271
bibliography
317
photograph and copyright credits
327
index
328
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Página 6 - There are other art forms around called primary structures, reductive, rejective, cool, and mini-art. No artist I know will own up to any of these either. Therefore I conclude that it is part of a secret language that art critics use when communicating with each other through the medium of art magazines.

Sobre el autor (2004)

James Meyer is Curator in the Department of Modern Art at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

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