Out Of The Box

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The author, a leading art critic, focuses a new lens on this radical movement, showing the nuances that defined Minimalism in its various phases, as characterized by the inflected object, the disintegrated object, the ironic object ?then the transition from the object to architecture, space, landscape, cityscape, body, performance, and conceptual art. No other account has documented in such detail the scope and impact of this artistic revolution, which the author argues spanned all mediums and pushed every ...

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Overview

The author, a leading art critic, focuses a new lens on this radical movement, showing the nuances that defined Minimalism in its various phases, as characterized by the inflected object, the disintegrated object, the ironic object ­then the transition from the object to architecture, space, landscape, cityscape, body, performance, and conceptual art. No other account has documented in such detail the scope and impact of this artistic revolution, which the author argues spanned all mediums and pushed every aesthetic possibility of Minimalism to an extreme.

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Library Journal
Ratcliff, an art critic and contributing editor of Art in America, has produced an incisive and well-researched study of American art from 1965 to 1975. The text covers the entire spectrum of art activities of this time, including sculpture, painting, drawing, installation, earthworks, and photography. The usual suspects are discussed, including Donald Judd, Sol LeWitt, Dan Graham, Bruce Nauman, and the like, but Ratcliff also brings to light lesser-known artists, such as Mac Adams and Bill Beckley. Out of the Box chronicles the evolution of art from the severe minimalist object to a time of pluralism, when anything became possible. Ratcliff utilizes statements and writings by artists to substantiate his position rather than relying on critics from the period. The design is stylish but at times inordinate, detracting from the images, which are literally placed "out of the box." Recommended for academic and public libraries with substantial art collections. Krista Ivy, Bryn Mawr Coll., PA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Booknews
Almost nothing remains of the explosion of artistic innovation that followed Minimalism, says Ratcliff, art critic and contributing editor of . He discusses artists, media, and genres of the period, and the connections between them. The illustrations are in black and white. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781581150735
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
  • Publication date: 11/1/2000
  • Series: Aesthetics Today Series
  • Pages: 316
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 5.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments iv
Introduction: Smashing the Minimalist Enclosure vi
Out of the Box viii
Apodicticity 3
From Box to Plane and Line 15
Line Continued 25
Line Enlarged 37
Line Erased 47
From Line to Grid 59
Grid Continued 69
From Grid to Room 81
From Room to Maze 95
Maze Continued 109
Irony 123
Dread 135
Disintegration 145
Absence 157
Absence Revised 165
Beyond Absence 177
From Box to Behavior 187
Behavior Continued 199
Danger 213
Beyond Danger 225
Fact to Fiction 239
Fiction Continued 253
The Reinvention of Art 265
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