REDUCTIVE: an analysis of contemporary minimalism
Since the 1960′s, minimalism has tested the boundaries of artistic simplicity. Sentiments introduced by artists such as Sol Lewitt, Frank Stella, Ellsworth Kelly, and Barnett Newmann still reverberate strongly within today’s diverse art world.
Thorough pursuit has brought nine artists from all over the world to the Mahan Gallery who unite based on new concepts of reductive art, paring down modes and thematics to arrive at comparably clean solutions. The tools used include monochromatic palettes, plots of light, simple geometry, symmetry, essences, and grids. Though the approaches and final solutions seem vastly different, the artists are linked together in their search for the simplest possible gestures while still enacting something conceptually profound. And it is within these inflections where the new minimalists find their voice.
This current take on reductive painting, sculpture, and photography raises new questions about the relevance, effectiveness, anonymous beauty, and underlying meaning that simplified gestures can imply. Similarly, early Minimal themes including commerce, impersonality, rejection of expression, self-reference, and anti-romance have been transformed here accordingly.
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