Postminimalism refers to a broad movement in the United States during the sixties, characterized by divergent aesthetics and strategies that departed from the severe aesthetics of minimalism. While retaining some of the philosophies of minimalism, including a focus on materials, some postminimalist artists expanded their practices to include textiles, rubber, foam, latex, and other materials that make abstract reference to the human body. Other artists, such as Ellsworth Kelly, Joel Shapiro, and Meg Webster, continued working in the industrial materials characteristic of minimalism, but adopted open, organic, or rough-edged forms. Postminimalism is also associated with land art, site-specific installation, public sculpture, and process art. In painting, postminimalism includes a set of different styles and ways of thinking about painting, including a return to figural painting, photorealism, hyperrealism, and the dense all-over designs of the Pattern & Decoration movement.

Drawn from

  • H.H. Arnason and Elizabeth C. Mansfield, "Post-Minimalism," in History of Modern Art: Painting, Sculpture, Architecture, Photography, (Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Prentice Hall, 2010), 615-657.

  • Getty Vocabulary, AAT (postminimalism: AAT: 300112731).

Web Resources

  • The Guggenheim
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