- 17th December 2011 − 24th June 2012 | Modern One (Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art)
Minimalism and After
In the mid-1960s, artists in New York such as Donald Judd and Sol LeWitt began to make three-dimensional works of art – they rejected the word ‘sculpture’ as too traditional – that were totally abstract, of extreme formal geometrical simplicity and constructed by fabricators according to the artist’s plans. This type of work became known as Minimal Art. It avoided personal expression and emotion and aimed at seamless transposition between concept and execution. Formal composition was avoided in favour of the repetitive and serial elements.
Their main achievement was to have created works which did not try to create illusions, nor have any hidden meanings: the works were what they were and no more. They broke with tradition radically and paved the way for succeeding generations of artists who no longer felt constrained by the need for composition, allusion or meaning.
This display in Room 20 includes work by Sol LeWitt, Charles Ray, David Shrigley and Jim Lambie.