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Minimalism [Paperback]

James Meyer
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22 May 2010
A beautifully illustrated book, internationally recognized as the definitive survey of Minimalism.

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  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Phaidon Press; Abr Rev Up edition (22 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0714856533
  • ISBN-13: 978-0714856537
  • Product Dimensions: 28.9 x 25 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 309,394 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Readers will learn as much about the subject as one book can be expected to deliver.' (Barry Schwabsky, Bookforum)

'Well written … an excellent ‘Documents’ section that allows a proper investigation of the movement’s theoretical bases.' (Art Review)

About the Author

James Meyer is a writer and art historian who has been teaching contemporary art and critical theory at Emory University, Atlanta, since 1994. He is a noted specialist and lecturer in Minimalism, as well as other forms of American art of the 1960s, and contemporary forms of institutional critique.

Meyer has written extensively on Minimal artists. Publications include Minimalism: Art and Polemics in the 1960s (Yale, 2001); he has contributed essays to Mel Bochner: Thought Made Visible 1966–1973 (Yale, 1995); Ellsworth Kelly: Sculpture for a Large Wall, 1957 (Matthew Marks Gallery, 1998); Eva Hesse: A Retrospective, ed. Elisabeth Sussman (San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 2002); Conceptual Art: Theory, Myth, Practice (Cambridge, 2004) and A Minimal Future (Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, 2004). He is the editor of Carl André, Cuts=Texts, 1999–2004 (MIT Press, 2005) and has contributed to journals Artforum, Art Magazine, Flash Art and Parkett.

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4.0 out of 5 stars good all round all good. 5 Nov 2008
1959-63 first encounters
1964-67 high minimalism
1967-79 canonization/critique
1980-present/recent work
artists biographies

nice read. big glossy pictues. good informative survey charting the origins, key artists and the development of the movement. language not too complex (unlike minimalism itself). whats especially good is the documents at the back (the book is split into two sections). the documents give accounts of critiques such as artcritic pioneers fried and greenberg and many more. a revealing invaluable insight.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Minimalism. Themes and Movements 12 Jan 2012
By Kerry
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Purchased for an artistic family member. Photos were lovely and gave some interesting ideas which made one want to throw out all the clutter.
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5.0 out of 5 stars review of Minimalism (Themes and Movements) 19 Aug 2000
By Lane Banks - Published on Amazon.com
A glorious book combining a multitude of exquisite images of important Minimalist works with an unusual book design that includes overlapping fonts, and font sizes that progressively downsize as the reader moves through the text. (The book designers must have had a ball with this job.)
The first section is loosely defined as a history of the development and basic tenets of Minimalism. An idea that weaves throughout much of the work termed Minimal is the use of serial geometry, industrial materials, and factory production methods that deny the centuries-old tradition of art as a unique, hand-crafted object that cannot be replicated. Although Minimalism is no longer avant-garde, its influences are felt today in Conceptual and process art, as well as Neo-Geo. This section goes beyond the traditional survey that simply is a factual list of themes or ideas utilized by each particular artist to also include critical response to the work. Minimalism is broadly characterized as a response to and reaction against the subjectivity, gestural mark-making, and private vision of Abstract Expressionism.
The bulk of the book, the second section, is given to reproductions of the works by the Minimalist artists and those often associated with Minimalism. Large photos are accompanied by captions that describe that particular piece.
The third and final section is a collection of writings, interviews, and other publications by critics and the artists themselves, chronologically arranged to illustrate the chain of discourse eminating from important exhibitions of Minimalist work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Chapters trace the movement & examine its major qualities 4 July 2001
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
This history of minimalist theory and thought is based on the contention that the question of what constitutes minimalism has remained unresolved since the 1960s. Chapters trace the movement, examine its major qualities, and considers the presence of minimalism as a debate or argument developed in response to works of others.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I Knew Nothing, And Now I Feel Like An Expert 11 Jun 2013
By R. Watson - Published on Amazon.com
I knew absolutely nothing about Minimalism when this book caught my eye, and now that I've read it cover to cover I understand the why, how, who, and what of a really interesting set of ideas that contemporary artists are still riffing off of. The book gives a brief survey of Minimalism, what led up to it, its history and philosophy. Then it delves into the works of artists associated with the movement, followed by primary documents in the form of essays by the artists who birthed and constructed Minimalism.
Another reviewer said it was their favorite art book in their library, and I have to agree, but I can't say how such a seemingly boring topic made such a great book. I can't give a better review of the book than did Barry Schwabsky,of Bookforum, who said, "Readers will learn as much about the subject as one book can be expected to deliver."
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential and Readable 19 July 2001
By Brian D'Amato - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is already becoming the standard work on the etiology of the movement. Meyer combines a complete mastery of the period's theoretical issues with a sleuth's approach to its historical narrative. Essential.
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book 11 Sep 2013
By Cheryl loh - Published on Amazon.com
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A clear summary of the movement with good pictures. Not too wordy or technical. One for the layman collector. Very enjoyable.
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