Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Minimalism: Definition of Style

After spending several minutes looking up different resources to try and formulate the best possible definition of Minimalism, it was apparent that I needed to go a little further in my search in order to find the best possible definition and explanation for Minimalism.

Minimalism is a twentieth century art movement and style that stresses the idea of reducing a piece of art (in this case photography) to a minimum of colors, values, shapes, lines and textures. There is no attempt made to convey symbolism or to represent any other object or experience. It is some times referred to as ABC art or rejective art. The term rejective art means the artist rejects the painterly forms of  Abstract Expressionism. Minimalism can also be found in design and music.

Below are two examples of Minimalism. I will be posting some of my Minimalist photographs in the next few days. Possibly even tonight.

Minimalist Painting: Piet Mondrian

Minimalist Photograph: Harry Callahan

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