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Italian, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 17 July 1947, in Milan.

Painter, sculptor, theorist.

Arte Povera, Conceptual Art.

Adriano Altamira put forward his first critical observations on the phenomena of vision in 1967. Next he began to use minimalist structures, plaits and interlacings, like some of the methods used in France by the ...

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American, 20th century, female.

Born 1941, in Long Beach (California).

Painter (mixed media).

Minimal Art, Conceptual Art, New Image.

Jennifer Bartlett grew up in Long Beach, and the ocean has always been a constant in her work. Her early work is midway between Minimalist and Conceptualist. Starting with a pattern of small dots screenprinted onto a series of identical steel plaques, she painted dotted lines in enamel, the number of dots in each line being calculated on the basis of a strict mathematical scheme. The concept of series was already prominent in this early phase. In the series entitled ...

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Yugoslav, 20th century, male.

Active in Italy.

Born 1936, in Mostar (now in Bosnia and Herzegovina).

Painter, performance artist. Landscapes, urban landscapes.

Minimal Art, Conceptual Art.

Damnjanovic Damnjan graduated from the academy of fine arts in Belgrade in 1957.

Between 1959 and 1965, he painted fantastical landscapes and still-lifes. His landscapes are dominated by a vast, low sky, below which stretches a sandy coastline with fragments of flooring with diagrams, signals and symbols. His still-lifes of imaginary or useless objects are painted in a palette of violently contrasting tones. Damjanovic's work is distinguished by its unique mixture of the abstract and the dreamlike. From ...

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Polish, 20th century, male.

Installation artist.

Conceptual Art.

Jerzy Grzegorsky produces minimalist objects principally of wax. They are connected to culture and its instruments: books, paintings, sculptures. He participated in collective exhibitions, including: regularly in Poland, particularly at the International Artists Museum in Lódz, and in ...

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American, 20th century, male.

Born 1935, in Staten Island (New York).

Painter.

Conceptual Art, Minimal Art.

Robert Huot lives and works in New York. He took part in exhibitions dedicated to Minimal Art, notably Reality Art in Paris in 1968, held at the Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais, presented by E.C. Goossen....

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American, 20th century, male.

Born 1941, in Hammond (Indiana).

Painter (mixed media).

Terence David La Noue's sensual, 'materialist' output is conceived as a reaction to the asceticism of Conceptual Art and Abstract Minimalism. Some his early expressive motifs show the influence of Arte Povera. The surfaces of his works are sumptuous and heavily laden with a variety of media, in successive layers of materials: latex, fibres, metallic powder and paint evoke a sense of topography and geology, the soil and landscape....

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Belgian, 20th century, male.

Born 1936, in Stavelot.

Painter, sculptor.

Minimal Art, Conceptual Art.

Michel Lentz studied at the academy of fine arts in Liège before spending six years in Colombia teaching at the University of Tolima. He returned to teach at the University of Liège. His own minimalist sculpture is dictated by a quest for form and order....

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American, 20th century, male.

Active in Italy.

Born 9 September 1928, in Hartford (Connecticut); died 8 April 2007, in New York.

Painter (gouache), installation artist, sculptor, engraver, draughtsman, illustrator. Artists’ books.

Conceptual Art, Minimal Art.

From 1945 to 1949 Sol LeWitt was a student at the University of Syracuse, New York. In 1951–1952 he did military service in Japan and Korea. By 1953 he was studying in New York at Cartoons Illustrators, which later became the School of Visual Arts. He worked for the magazine ...

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American, 20th century, male.

Born 9 February 1931, in Kansas City.

Sculptor, painter, performance artist, draughtsman, engraver.

Conceptual Art, Minimal Art, Process Art, Antiform.

From 1948 to 1950 Robert Morris studied engineering and art at the University of Kansas City and from 1950 to 1952 at the California School of Fine Arts, San Francisco. In 1961 he studied art history at Hunter College, New York. He settled in Gardiner, New York State....

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American, 20th–21st century, male.

Born 1938, in Mason City or Electric City (Washington); died 21 January 2011, in New York City.

Painter (including gouache), pastellist, draughtsman, sculptor, installation artist. Multimedia.

Conceptual Art, Minimal Art, Body Art, Land Art.

Dennis Oppenheim studied at the College of Arts and Crafts, California, and the University of Stanford. Until 1967, Oppenheim made sculptures related to the primary structures of Minimal Art, although they are comparatively small and he presented them in series of trapezoidal boxes and cylindrical trunks. From 1967, he lived and worked in New York City. In 1967–1968, he became a conceptual artist and a proponent of Land Art, working mainly out of doors and in large spaces. He then documented his operations by means of photographs accompanied by texts and plans. Great care was taken with the graphic presentation of his actions, as the works themselves are largely ephemeral. He mowed undulating lines in fields, traced paths through cultivated land and snowfields, and in New York he spread rectangles of salt in the city’s streets. He also worked in the sea, spreading pigment in the water, then covering the surface with burning petrol and meticulously photographing the results. These experiments led the Yale Faculty of Architecture to commission from him plans for the sculptural use of excavations created by road building. He made practical volumes consisting of mounds, depressions, and steps that could be climbed between them. In 1969, after befriending artist Vito Acconci, he experimented with Body Art, often subjecting himself to violent physical alterations such as sunburns. Oppenheim’s use of his own body explored the connection between a work and its site, using the physical body itself as not only a medium but a place. During the 1970s, he was extremely prolific, creating installations that included puppets representing himself with animals and various objects that related to the events and worries of his own life. The late 1970s series ...

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American, 20th century, male.

Born 1943, in Hartford (Connecticut).

Painter.

Minimal Art.

David Prentice lives and works in New York. Within the vast area of conceptual art, he is most interested in exploring the primary sensations of space, form and colour, which is characteristic of the Minimalist movement....

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American, 20th century, male.

Born 1943, in Bronxville (New York); died 23 June 2003.

Installation artist, draughtsman.

Conceptual Art, Land Art, Minimal Art.

Fred Sandback gained a degree in philosophy at Yale before studying sculpture at Yale School of Art and Architecture where he was taught by Jack Tworkov and George Kubler and attended lectures given by Donald Judd and Robert Morris....