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Minimalist Art

A drawing by Sol LeWitt (Courtesy of Fraenkel Gallery)

This week’s post is on the kind of art that might make you scratch your head and murmur “huh?” It’s self referential. You may wonder whether any sort of artist was actually involved in the process. Well, that’s sort of the point when it comes to the minimalist art movement.

The minimalist art movement, pioneered by Frank Stella, Donald Judd, and Sol LeWitt was one of the many radical manifestations of a quickly transforming art world. Like so many art movements in the 20th century, the images served as a way to push ideas. It came at the tail end of the golden age of the artist’s manifestos.

Painting by Frank Stella (Courtesy of the Whitney Museum)

The work produced by these artists focused on color, shape, and line. Above all, it strove to suffice on its own, stripping even the artist of creative power. Judd’s most famous work consisted of rectangular blocks sticking out from the wall. LeWitt’s of either colorful or black and white lines and Stella’s was similar, although the lines were more chaotic.

The use of color and shape influenced many fields outside of fine art: from architecture (like the Bauhaus movement) to fashion. Even a few of our designs at Amano Studio have been inspired by minimalist art, like our square hoop earrings or our gold bar studs.

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