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Sami Trattel

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Transcript of Minimalism


By Sami Trattel
What is Minimalism?
According to the Merriam Webster Dictionary:
a style or technique (as in music, literature, or design) that is characterized by extreme spareness and simplicity

What is Minimalism?
According to Wikipedia:
Minimalism in the arts began in post–World War II Western Art, most strongly with American visual arts in the 1960s and early 1970s. Prominent artists associated with minimalism include Donald Judd, John McCracken, Agnes Martin, Dan Flavin, Robert Morris, Anne Truitt, and Frank Stella. It derives from the reductive aspects of Modernism and is often interpreted as a reaction against Abstract expressionism and a bridge to Post minimal art practices.

What is Minimalism?
In my own words:
Minimalism is an art form that started around the 1950’s. It can be in any media, but mostly sculptures and paintings. It is about being spare and simple.
Carl Andre

Born on September 16, 1935 in Quincy, MA
Created sculptures in the 1960s and 1970s, called some of the most innovative of his generation
His sculptures were about where they were placed on the ground, a new idea for his time
Carl Andre - Hour Rose - 1959
Carl Andre - Equivalent I-VIII - 1966
Carl Andre - Ceder Piece - 1959
Donald Judd
Born on June 3, 1928 in Excelsior Springs, Missouri
Died on February 12, 1994 in New York, NY
Worked on art from the late 1940's until he died
Sculpted things out of materials, trying to make them into things “ that did not allude to anything beyond their own physical presence.” (The Art Story)
Donald Judd - Untitled - 1972
Donald Judd - Untitled - 1973
Donald Judd - Untitled - 1980
Ellsworth Kelly
Born on May 23, 1923 in Newburgh, NY
Worked in the late 1940's to the present on colorful, bright, geometric paintings
Wanted to get the viewers reactions to be about what they thought about the artwork, not the artwork itself
Ellsworth Kelly - Red Blue Green - 1963
Ellsworth Kelly - Colors For a Large Wall - 1951
Ellsworth Kelly - Cite - 1951
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