Minimalism

Minimalism

Minimalism was a primarily American art movement of the 1960s, characterised by simple geometric shapes and massive forms.

Minimalism in art goes beyond the idea of art imitating something else, challenging traditional ideas of craftsmanship while often leveraging mathematical systems. Normally, we think of art as showing something from the real world, like a landscape, a person, or even a potted plant. It can also represent emotions or feelings. However, in minimalism, there's no effort to show an external reality – the artist wants you to focus only on what's right in front of you. The material it's made from and the shape of the artwork itself are what matter. As the minimalist painter Frank Stella put it, "What you see is what you see.”

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Rethinking Reality with George Condo

Condo coined two terms to describe his radical art style – artificial realism and psychological realism.

Rethinking Reality with George Condo
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Barbie Pink

Barbie is everywhere, but what's pink got to do with it?

Barbie Pink
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What is Generative Art?

Humans have been experimenting with generative art for centuries, but Web 3.0 technology such as NFTs and smart contracts has unlocked new possibilities. Here’s what you need to know about the movement that’s shaking up the art world.

What is Generative Art?
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En el paisaje interior by Tomás Sánchez

In conversation, Cuban painter Tomás Sánchez illuminates the spiritual underpinnings and sustainable production of his debut timed release.

En el paisaje interior by Tomás Sánchez
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Giorgiko

Giorgiko is the artist name for the creative duo of Darren Inouye (he/him) and Trisha Inouye (she/her), both born in 1989 in California, USA. The husband-and-wife team currently live and work in Los Angeles, USA.

Giorgiko
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Grant Riven Yun

Grant Yun (he/him) was born in San Jose, California. He is based in Milwaukee where he currently works and studies.

Grant Riven Yun
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Sarah Morris

Sarah Morris was born in London, England in 1967, and raised in Rhode Island, USA. She’s now based in New York, working from her studio in Long Island City.

Sarah Morris
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Ix Shells

Itzel Yard, aka Ix Shells, (she/her) was born in 1990 in Panama, where she continues to live and work.

Ix Shells
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Szabolcs Bozó

Szabolcs Bozó was born in 1992 in Pécs, Hungary, and now lives and works in London, UK.

Szabolcs Bozó
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Jenny Brosinski

Jenny Brosinski was born in 1984 in Celle, Germany, and now lives and works in Berlin.

Jenny Brosinski
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Chris Succo

Chris Succo was born in 1979 and lives and works in Düsseldorf, Germany.

Chris Succo
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Frédéric Platéus

Frédéric Platéus was born in 1976 in Belgium and currently lives and works in Liège.

Frédéric Platéus
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Frederick Douglass, 1850

With an edition of silkscreen prints, Elizabeth Peyton makes an emotive tribute to a seminal figure in the history of America.In Frederick Douglass, 1850 (2020), Peyton renders the titular American abolitionist, orator and writer from the neck up. The intimate and closely-cropped scale emphasises the minimalism and physicality of her brushwork, and heightens the emotional intensity of her subject's expression. She builds up the contours of Douglass’s face from short, watery dabs of oil paint – lending the composition a sense of spirited lightness.Peyton’s artwork has been meticulously translated into a 32-layer, limited edition silkscreen in close collaboration artisan printmakers at Make-Ready in London – one of a pair of editions launched in support of the National Portrait Gallery in London. Re-opening in June 2023, the Gallery's diversified collection focuses on presenting an inclusive and dynamic picture of the people who have contributed to the rich history of the United Kingdom.Frederick Douglass, 1850, 2023, silkscreen print © Elizabeth Peyton

Frederick Douglass, 1850
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Daily Provision

In Daily Provision, a skewed humanoid figure reflects on the virtues of gratitude and modesty. KPE Innocent’s unique take on minimalism is rooted in the unpretentiousness of his faith and expressed in careful line work.Studio Works is a series of original artworks by emerging artists across the world.

Daily Provision

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