Basic geometric forms, truth in materials, the removal of evidence of the artist's hand through industrial fabrication -- these are the hallmarks of the minimalist sculpture that emerged in the 1960s. The movement was an essentially idealistic endeavor that sought to create what Donald Judd called "specific objects," objects that refer to nothing but themselves. Then minimalism met the marketplace. Fitting into the sleekly neutral office lobby decor, the sculptures became the perfect corporate art for big glass skyscrapers. The edgy, avant-garde work was transformed into a signifier of forward-thinking, masculine corporate solidity. The objects were physically unchanged, but the context altered how... More >>>
Minimalism, tweaked: Julian Opie's Modern Tower VI, Gerwald Rockenschaub's inflated square and Christian Eckart's Circuit Painting #2805.