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Postminimalism is a term utilized in various artistic fields for work which is influenced by, or attempts to develop, the aesthetic of minimalism. The expression is used specifically in relation to music and the visual arts, but can refer to any field using minimalism as a critical reference point. Although clearly postminimalism literally means after minimalism. The Postminimalist era began in the late sixties. Generally characterized as anti-formalist and to some extent as anti-painting. The first Postminimalist artists actually sought to redefine art in general and sculpture specifically. The late sixties ushered in many radical new directions in contemporary art. Postminimalism coincided with Conceptual Art, Earth Art, Performance art, Video and the continuation of Minimalism, Pop Art, Abstract Expressionism, Fluxus and various breakthroughs in realism. The equivalent movement in abstract painting during the late sixties was Lyrical Abstraction although those artists did not redefine the art of painting but extended the definition instead. The Postminimalists succeeded however in redefining art through sculpture. Minimalism describes movements in various forms of art and design, especially visual art and music, where the work is stripped down to its most fundamental features and core self expression. ... Conceptual art, sometimes called idea art, is art in which the concept(s) or idea(s) involved are considered the real substance of the art, in distinction to the traditional expectation of a made art object to be the criterion. ... Land art or earth art is a form of art which came to prominence in the late 1960s and 1970s primarily concerned with the natural environment. ... Performance art is art where the actions of an individual or a group at a particular place and in a particular time, constitute the work. ... Video is the technology of capturing, recording, processing, transmitting, and reconstructing moving pictures, typically using celluloid film, electronic signals, or digital media, primarily for viewing on television or computer monitors. ... Minimalism describes movements in various forms of art and design, especially visual art and music, where the work is stripped down to its most fundamental features and core self expression. ... Just What Is It that Makes Todays Homes So Different, So Appealing?, designed and all images and creative material provided by John McHale from his famous POP art filled black metal tunk, cut out and paste up of mechanicals by Richard Hamilton, his wife Terry, and Magda Cordell McHale... This USPS stamp illustrates Pollocks drip technique. ... Fluxus (from to flow) is an art movement noted for the blending of different artistic disciplines, primarily visual art but also music and literature. ... Lyrical Abstraction is an American abstract art movement that emerged in New York City, Los Angeles, Washington DC and then Toronto and London during the 1960s - 1970s. ...


Visual art

In visual art, postminimalism refers specifically to the work of those artists who utilize minimalism either as an aesthetic or conceptual reference point. The term refers less to a particular movement than an artistic tendency. Postminimalist artworks are usually everyday objects, use simple materials, and sometimes take on a "pure", formalist aesthetic. However, since postminimalism includes such a diverse and disparate group of artists, it is impossible to enumerate all the continuities and similarities between them. The term formalist can have many applications: The Chambers 1994 edition Dictionary indicates a pejorative quality, a person having an exaggerated regard to rules or established usages. In the philosophy of mathematics a formalist is a person who belongs to the school of formalism, a certain mathematical-philosophical doctrine which...


Examples of postminimalist work include pieces such as the Water-Tower by Rachel Whiteread: its interior is cast in clear resin, and it is displayed on the rooftop of a building in New York where the original tower stood. The work of Eva Hesse is also postminimalist: it uses "grids" and "seriality", themes often found in minimalism, but is also usually hand-made, introducing a human element into her art, so often missing in the machine or custom-made works of minimalism. Similarly, Anish Kapoor's pieces seek to evoke the sublime through monochromatic forms, simple beauty, tactile surfaces, and/or voluminous size. A recent variant of postminimalism is to be found in the work of Tom Friedman, where absurdity and humour play a key role. Rachel Whiteread CBE (born 1963) is a British artist, best known for her sculptures, which typically take the form of casts, and first woman to win the Turner Prize. ... Eva Hesse (1936 - 1970), was born in Hamburg, Germany. ... 1000 Names, 1985 Anish Kapoor (born 1954) is a sculptor. ... This article is in need of attention. ...


Artists who are frequently considered postminimalist include:

There have been two notable people named Tom Friedman: Tom Friedman is an American sculptor. ... Felix Gonzalez-Torres (1957-1996) was a Cuban artist who grew up in Puerto Rico before moving to New York City. ... Mona Hatoum Born in Beirut, Lebanon in 1952, later emigrated to London in 1975. ... Eva Hesse (1936 - 1970), was born in Hamburg, Germany. ... Damien Hirst (born 1965 in Bristol) is a British artist and probably the most famous of the group that has been dubbed Young British Artists (or YBAs). ... 1000 Names, 1985 Anish Kapoor (born 1954) is a sculptor. ... Bruce Nauman (born December 6, 1941, in Fort Wayne, Indiana) is a contemporary American artist. ... Gabriel Orozco in the Juan Carlos Martin film Gabriel Orozco (b. ... (b. ... Rachel Whiteread CBE (born 1963) is a British artist, best known for her sculptures, which typically take the form of casts, and first woman to win the Turner Prize. ... Hannah Wilke (1940-1993; born Arlene Hannah Butter in New York City) was an American painter, sculptor and photographer associated with Conceptual Art and Post-Minimalism. ...

Music

In its general musical usage, postminimalism refers to works influenced by minimalist music. Writer Kyle Gann has employed the term more strictly to the style that flourished in the 1980s and 1990s and characterized by: This article is about a musical style. ... Kyle Gann (born November 21 1955) is a composer and music critic born in Dallas, Texas. ... The 1980s decade refers to the years from 1980 to 1989, inclusive, informally sometimes including the years 1979, 1990 and 1991. ... See also 1990s, the band The 1990s decade refers to the years from 1990 to 1999, inclusive, sometimes informally including popular culture from 2000 and 2001. ...

  1. a steady pulse, usually continuing throughout a work or movement;
  2. a diatonic pitch language, tonal in effect but avoiding traditional functional tonality;
  3. general evenness of dynamics, without strong climaxes or nuanced emotionalism; and
  4. unlike minimalism, an avoidance of obvious or linear formal design.

Minimalist procedures such as additive and subtractive process are common in postminimalism, though usually in disguised form, and the style has also shown a capacity for absorbing influences from world and popular music (Balinese gamelan, bluegrass, Jewish cantillation, and so on). Minimalism describes movements in various forms of art and design, especially visual art and music, where the work is stripped down to its most fundamental features and core self expression. ... Gamelan - Indonesian Embassy in Canberra A gamelan is a kind of musical ensemble of Indonesian origin typically featuring a variety of instruments such as metallophones, xylophones, drums, and gongs; bamboo flutes, bowed and plucked strings, and vocalists may also be included. ... Bluegrass music is considered a form of American roots music with its own roots in the English, Irish and Scottish traditional music of immigrants from the British Isles (particularly the Scots-Irish immigrants of Appalachia), as well as the music of rural African-Americans, jazz, and blues. ...


Composers who may be considered postminimalist include:

For a musical style derived from minimalism, see Totalism (music). John Luther Adams (born 1953) is a composer whose music embodies the landscapes of Alaska, his home since 1978. ... John Moran is an American composer, author and choreographer. ... Eve Beglarian (born July 22, 1958) is a lesbian American composer of Armenian descent. ... David Chesworth (born 1958, Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom) is an Australian based composer, keyboard player and sound designer. ... Kurt Doles (born August 2, 1973), American composer and bass clarinetist. ... William Duckworth (born in 1943) is credited as composer of the first postminimal piece of music, The Time Curve Preludes. ... Graham Fitkin (born 1963) is a British composer. ... Peter Garland (born January 27, 1952) is a composer best known for publishing Soundings Press, one of the few sources of new music scores and articles while in print. ... Michael Gordon was born in Florida in 1956 and grew up in Nicaragua and an Eastern European community in a jungle on the outskirts of Managua. ... Eleanor Hovda is a composer from the United States of America. ... Scott Johnson is an author, software developer and entrepreneur most notable for having created and founded Feedster. ... David Lang is the name of: David Lang (composer) David Lang (athlete) This is a disambiguation page: a list of articles associated with the same title. ... Paul Lansky (born 1944) is widely considered one of the original electronic music or computer music composers, and has been producing works from the 1970s up to the present day (see discography, below). ... Robert Steadman (born April 1, 1965) is a British composer and conductor of classical music who mostly works in a post-minimalist style but also writes lighter music, including musicals, and compositions for educational purposes. ... Lois V Vierk (born August 4, 1951, Hammond, Indiana) is a post-minimalist or totalist composer who lives in New York City. ... Stephen Scott (b. ... American composer Michael Torke (born September 21, 1961 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin), studied at the Eastman School of Music and at Yale University, and writes accessible music influenced by jazz and minimalism. ... Julia Wolfe (born December 18, 1958) is an American composer. ... Evan Ziporyn is composer of jazz and of music for Balinese gamelans, who plays the clarinet and the metallophone. ... Richie Hawtin (born June 4, 1970) is a Canadian electronic musician and internationally-touring DJ who was an influential part of Detroit technos second wave of artists in the early 1990s. ... Totalism In music, Totalism is some peoples term for a style of music that arose in the 1980s and 90s as a developing response to minimalism - parallel to postminimalism, but generally among a slightly younger generation, born in the 1950s. ...

See also: List of postminimalistic pieces

William Duckworth Southern Harmony Thirty-One Days Time Curve Preludes Lois V. Vierk Go Guitars Into the brightening air Manhattan Cascade Red Shift Red Shift IV River Beneath the River Simoom Timberline This is an incomplete list. ...

External links

  • Minimal Music, Maximal Impact by Kyle Gann © 2001 NewMusicBox
  • A Discography of Postminimal, Totalist, and Rare Minimalist Music by Kyle Gann

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Postminimalism is a term utilized in various artistic fields for work which is influenced by, or attempts to develop, the aesthetic of minimalism.
However, since postminimalism includes such a diverse and disparate group of artists, it is impossible to enumerate all the continuities and similarities between them.
A recent variant of postminimalism is to be found in the work of Tom Friedman, where absurdity and humour play a key role.
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