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Minimal Art

Minimal art was an artistic style, which emerged in America the late 1950s. The term was taken from an essay about modern American art by art philosopher Richard Wollheim in 1965. Hard Edge and Colour Field Painting tendencies were an important pre-requisite for the development of this style, as they had essentially prepared the ground for the use of very simple, reduced minimal forms. Minimal Art first established itself in painting, and then sculpture, where it had the greatest impact.
Minimal art sculptures were primarily made from industrial materials, such as aluminium, steel, glass, concrete, wood, plastic or stone. The objects, frequently reduced to very simple geometric shapes, were industrially produced, thus removing the artist’s personal signature from the work. The works were also characterised by serial arrangements of a number of bodies/shapes, and large dimensions.
The main representatives of Minimal art were Carl Andre, Dan Flavin, Donald Judd, Sol LeWitt, John McCracken and Robert Morris.
In contrast with Abstract Expressionism and its impulsive and gestural expression of the unconsciousness, Minimal artists focused on material aesthetics, the relationship of objects to space, the effects of light, and producing highly reduced arrangements. Donald Judd (1928-94) followed these basic principles, arranging coloured aluminium boxes in different ways, above, or next to one another. Carl Andre (born 1935) stacked rectangular wooden pegs on top of each other, or in a row. Dan Flavin (1933-96) created subtle light spaces with evenly laid out neon tubes. Minimalism also had an impact on dance and music in the 1960s. Minimalist principles also influenced artistic phenomenon such as Land Art, Arte Povera and Conceptual Art.

Current Offers for: Minimal Art

Klein, Yves

Yves Klein - Éponge

Sale 420 - Dec. 06, 14
Lot 818 - in 14 days
Object Ca. 1961
60,000 EUR / 75,000 $
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LeWitt, Sol

Sol LeWitt - Vertical Brush Strokes

Sale 420 - Dec. 06, 14
Lot 886 - in 14 days
Gouache 1992
40,000 EUR / 50,000 $
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Klein, Yves

Yves Klein - Table d'Or

Sale 420 - Dec. 06, 14
Lot 822 - in 14 days
Object 1963
20,000 EUR / 25,000 $
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Spoerri, Daniel

Daniel Spoerri - Schraubenhirsch

Sale 420 - Dec. 06, 14
Lot 868 - in 14 days
Object 1985
15,000 EUR / 18,750 $
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LeWitt, Sol

Sol LeWitt - Untitled (horizontal)

Sale 420 - Dec. 06, 14
Lot 883 - in 14 days
Gouache 1991
15,000 EUR / 18,750 $
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Beuys, Joseph

Joseph Beuys - Capri-Batterie

Sale 420 - Dec. 06, 14
Lot 564 - in 14 days
Multiple 1985
15,000 EUR / 18,750 $
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Darboven, Hanne

Hanne Darboven - Ohne Titel

Sale 420 - Dec. 06, 14
Lot 885 - in 14 days
Collage 1991
14,000 EUR / 17,500 $
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Darboven, Hanne

Hanne Darboven - Zu: Hommage a Picasso

Sale 420 - Dec. 06, 14
Lot 881 - in 14 days
Felt-tip pen drawing 1992/1995
12,000 EUR / 15,000 $
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Spoerri, Daniel

Daniel Spoerri - Ohne Titel

Sale 420 - Dec. 06, 14
Lot 547 - in 14 days
Object 1982/1989
9,000 EUR / 11,250 $
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Martin, Kris

Kris Martin - Encyclopédie

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Lot 1061 - in 14 days
Object 2007
8,000 EUR / 10,000 $
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Girke, Raimund

Raimund Girke - Monochrom

Sale 420 - Dec. 06, 14
Lot 479 - in 14 days
Oil on canvas 1968
8,000 EUR / 10,000 $
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Kriwet, F.

Ferdinand Kriwet - Gold-Text

Sale 420 - Dec. 06, 14
Lot 493 - in 14 days
1973
6,000 EUR / 7,500 $
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Soto

Jesús Raphael Soto - Vibrations

Sale 420 - Dec. 06, 14
Lot 474 - in 14 days
Multiple 1967
6,000 EUR / 7,500 $
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Stella, Frank

Frank Stella - York Factory II

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Lot 511 - in 14 days
Silkscreen in colors 1974
5,000 EUR / 6,250 $
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Soto

Jesús Raphael Soto - Vibration

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Lot 478 - in 14 days
Multiple 1969
4,000 EUR / 5,000 $
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Fontana, Lucio

Lucio Fontana - Concetto Spaziale, Attese

Sale 416 - June 07, 14
Lot 728
1959
427,000 EUR / 533,750 $
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Kippenberger

Martin Kippenberger - Ohne Titel (Aus: Uno di voi, un Tedesco in Firenze)

Sale 361 - Dec. 12, 09
Lot 369
Oil on canvas 1976
183,000 EUR / 228,750 $
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Beuys, Joseph

Joseph Beuys - Pflockkreuz

Sale 330 - Dec. 05, 07
Lot 436
Bronze 1952
150,000 EUR / 187,500 $
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Meese, Jonathan

Jonathan Meese - Dr. Lilithyr (General Tanz Sautanz, s.v.p.)

Sale 345 - June 04/05., 08
Lot 426
Mixed media 2005
82,800 EUR / 103,500 $
sold
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Knoebel, Imi

Imi Knoebel - Grace Kelly V-2

Sale 416 - June 07, 14
Lot 768
Acrylic on panel 1990
80,520 EUR / 100,650 $
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Geiger, R.

Rupprecht Geiger - 467/67

Sale 387 - Dec. 10, 11
Lot 201
Oil on canvas 1967
76,860 EUR / 96,075 $
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Fontana, Lucio

Lucio Fontana - 6 teatrini

Sale 330 - Dec. 05, 07
Lot 307
Portfolio 1968
72,000 EUR / 90,000 $
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Alfaro, Andreu

Andreu Alfaro - Homenatge als Constructivistes

Sale 407 - June 08, 13
Lot 245
Sculpture 1970
67,100 EUR / 83,875 $
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Förg, Günther

Günther Förg - Ohne Titel

Sale 410 - Dec. 07, 13
Lot 1253
Acrylic 1993
65,880 EUR / 82,350 $
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Calderara, A.

Antonio Calderara - In spazio rosso tensione interrotta

Sale 345 - June 04/05., 08
Lot 317
Oil on panel 1972
56,400 EUR / 70,500 $
sold
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