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Minimalist Artists – Five Prominent Figures

Minimalist artists emerged in New York in the early 1960s, their art setting out to expose the essence, essentials or identity of a subject through eliminating all non-essential forms, features or concepts.

Artists themselves have sometimes reacted against the label due to the negative implication of the work being simplistic. Minimalism is often interpreted as a reaction to abstract expressionism and a bridge to postminimal art practices.


Agnes Martin

Martin blended lines and move away from strict symmetry – she drew the lines on her canvas herself by hand.

Minimalists artist Agnes Martin
On A Clear Day #7, 1973, Agnes Martin


Frank Stella

Stella’s earlier works, around the 1950s were based on lose gestural abstraction like that of his predecessors in the New York School (Pollock, Motherwell, Rothko, de Kooning, and Guston). Yet a drastic change occurred in his paintings with a shift to incredibly geometric, highly organised, patterned works developed in a flat manner.


Minimalists artists Frank Stella
River of Ponds I, 1971, Frank Stella



Donald Judd

Although many associated him with minimalism, it was a term Judd always denied was representative of his art. He felt what he created went beyond minimalism, but it is nevertheless a movement that continues to be associated with his work.


Minimalist Artists Donald Judd Prints
Untitled, 1961, Donald Judd

Dav Flavin

Originally a sketcher and painter, Flavin found that light installations were his muse and he worked more and more in that medium as his career grew.


Minimalist Artists Dan Flavin Prints
For Circular Flourescent Light of one Wall (variation b), 1973, by Dan Flavin



Nassos Daphnis

Daphnis’ structures were simplified and became geometric planes of pure colour. Following this trop, Daphnis developed his colour-plane theory and focused on geometric abstraction with a restricted colour palette of only black, white and primary colours.

Minimalist Artists SS-1-78 by Nassos Daphnis
SS-1-78, 1978, Nassos Daphnis


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