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.
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- 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.
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- 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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None of them, it is worth pointing out, has ever fully embraced the term "minimalism", and the seeds of how differently the minimalist impulse would be taken up by later composers are already there in the huge aesthetic and temperamental gulfs that separate Riley's music from Reich's, or Glass's from Young's.
A Thing Is A Hole In A Thing It Is Not (until 3 May) the work examines the history of minimalist art and includes the re-enactment of a 1964 interview with Donald Judd, Dan Flavin and Frank Stella who came together to explain their ideas before the term minimalism had come to define a movement.
I'm sure you've heard the word "minimalism" in terms of music.
This week's festival with the piano-playing Labèque sisters at London's Kings Place invites us to listen to music from John Cage to Steve Reich, Glenn Branca to Brian Eno, Michael Nyman who first coined the term "minimalism" in 1968 to the Who, and hear the cross-cultural connections.
I've always been interested in minimalism -- visual or sonic.
Celebrating Trisha Brown, LondonIts 40 years since Brown formed her own company, developing a repertory that elaborated her early experiments in minimalism to dance structures of scrupulous intricacy and beauty.
The first record was an exercise in minimalism (it got me out of my evil, trippy electro phase), and the second was total maximalism, like me trying to out-Queen Queen.
The minimalism is intense, but the house does avail itself of one of the chief benefits of underground construction — insulation — and the rooms are, visitors say, quite cozy.
Yet what happened in the generation after these composers had started to stretch the definition of minimalism to breaking point?
I have yet to partake of that important first cup of coffee of the day, so verbal minimalism is de rigueur.