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Minimalism, Theatricality and You by Nicholas Grider

by Nicholas Grider
Let me start by paraphrasing the gist of Michael Fried’s famous anti-minimalism jeremiad Art and Objecthood: Fried argues that a minimal form like a cube or a grid of metal squares is essentially theatrical, requiring an audience to be present in order for the work to “function,” and that previous art had an autonomy that meant a given painting still meant something even when you weren’t standing in front of it—in other words, pre-minimalist art was a tree that, when it fell in the forest, did in fact make a sound. I don’t know what Fried would make of the current small-group of mid-career artist... [more]
Posted by Nicholas Grider on 9/9/07