from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A school of abstract painting and sculpture that emphasizes extreme simplification of form, as by the use of basic shapes and monochromatic palettes of primary colors, objectivity, and anonymity of style. Also called ABC art, minimal art, reductivism, rejective art.
  • n. Use of the fewest and barest essentials or elements, as in the arts, literature, or design.
  • n. Music A school or mode of contemporary music marked by extreme simplification of rhythms, patterns, and harmonies, prolonged chordal or melodic repetitions, and often a trancelike effect.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A style of art that emphasises extreme simplicity of form.
  • n. A style of music that emphasises extreme simplicity of rhythms and melodic forms to achieve a trancelike effect.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an art movement in sculpture and painting that began in the 1950s and emphasized extreme simplification of form and color


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  • JM just can’t get enough minimalism.

    July 13, 2011