By Daniel Marzona
Based as a backlash opposed to summary expressionism, minimalism used to be characterised by means of simplified, stripped-down types and fabrics used to specific principles in an instantaneous and impersonal demeanour. by means of proposing items as easy items, minimum artists sought to speak with no pertaining to expressive or historic topics. This serious circulate, which all started within the Nineteen Sixties and branched out into land paintings, functionality artwork, and conceptual artwork, continues to be a tremendous impression at the present time. Featured artists: Carl Andre, Stephen Antonakos, Jo Baer, Larry Bell, Ronald Bladen, Walter De Maria, Dan Flavin, Robert Grosvenor, Eva Hesse, Donald Judd, Gary Kuehn, Sol LeWitt, Robert Mangold, John McCracken, Robert Morris, Robert Ryman, Fred Sandback, Richard Serra, Tony Smith, Robert Smithson, Anne Truitt.
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Most of these would have been impossible, even inconceivable, without the new technology. To give just one example, Richard Brown’s Mimetic Starﬁsh (brieﬂy mentioned in Chapter 9) delighted visitors to London’s Millennium Exhibition, and was even described in The Times as ‘‘the best thing in the Dome’’. This seemed to be a huge multicoloured starﬁsh, trapped inside a near-transparent table but managing to move nevertheless. 20 Introduction Moreover, it moved in very lifelike ways. And it did so in response to the actions of the visitors.
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Minimal Art by Daniel Marzona