Encyclopedia of Sciences and Religions

2013 Edition
| Editors: Anne L. C. Runehov, Lluis Oviedo

Minimalism

  • Deborah Sokolove
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-8265-8_200369

An approach to art characterized by reduction to the most basic elements. Minimalism arose as a movement in the 1960s and 1970s, with the works of such artists as Donald Judd, Ad Reinhardt, Ellsworth Kelly, Larry Bell, and Frank Stella. Minimalist art is typically monochromatic, often using neutral or primary colors in flat planes, untreated wood or canvas, metal, or glass. Minimalist artists strive for objectivity, often having their works industrially fabricated in order to reduce the emphasis on the artist's own personality or gesture.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Henry Luce III Center for the Arts and ReligionWesley Theological SeminaryWashingtonUSA