What is minimalism? It is an art movement that appeared in New-York in 1960s. Its alternative names minimal art and ABC art seem to accentuate the laconism of the art.
It is an art that seeks to escape from itself. The fewer processed materials and surfaces, the better. The less visible the artist’s touch is, and the more industrially produced elements the artwork contains, the more advanced it is.
Simple geometric shapes and lines, several repeats, simple colors, minimum of shades. Artworks are made of such industrial materials as plywood, metal, bricks, plexiglass, neon tubes, etc.
The emergence of the minimalist style was preceded by several events in the artistic life of the USA of the 1950s-1960s.
In the late 1950s, the American artist Frank Stella created a series of black paintings, laconic black and white paintings with simple lines. In the 1960s, the British art historian Camilla Gray published books and articles in the United States on Eastern European avant-garde. Thanks to the books, artists on the western coast of the Atlantic got closer acquainted with constructivism traditions of the beginning of the twentieth century, which resulted in the emergence of a new movement in art. The first minimalism artworks appeared in 1962-1963.
They were artists response to complex forms of abstract expressionism.
The trend towards simplification again replaced the trend towards complexity. Minimalist painting often consists in simple geometric abstraction.
Many artworks of this genre serve as good wall art, unobtrusive abstraction for home interior.