Postminimalism

1970 - ...

Term used to describe the work of artists who utilized the innovations of minimalism, but who also critiqued many aspects of Minimalist theory and practice. The term was coined in 1971 by the art critic Robert Pincus-Witten to describe a major current in American art from the mid-1960s to the mid-1970s that included artists associated with process art, conceptual art, earth art, body art, and performance art. Because of Post-minimalism’s diversity, it is best understood as a period or tendency rather than a style or movement. Pincus-Witten compared Post-minimalism to post-impressionism in that both are used to describe widely differing styles that developed from a common root (Minimalism and Impressionism, respectively).
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