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German, 20th – 21st century, male.

Active in Hamburg.

Born 1954.

Sculptor.

Jürgen Albrecht has had solo shows in Germany and France.

His minimalist-shape structures reveal an architectural space delineated by light and shadow. These luminous 'boxes' invite meditation.

Paris (FNAC)

Barak, Ami...

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Italian, 20th century, male.

Born 1932, in Naples.

Sculptor.

Minimal Art.

Carlo Alfano participated in the Biennale in Venice in 1967. His sculptures are Abstract and are linked to the Minimalist movement. They are formed from metal tubes arranged on the same plane.

Milan, 6 Nov 1973...

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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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Robert Saltonstall Mattison

(b Saint Nicholas, Nov 1, 1926; d New York, NY, Aug 17, 2013).

American sculptor and installation artist of Greek birth. Known for his neon environments, he has used light over five decades to explore spatial and temporal relationships. Settling with his family in New York in 1930, he graduated from Brooklyn Community College in 1947. Through the 1950s, he experimented with assemblage and was interested in Abstract Expressionism as well as Arte Povera. In 1960, he began to design neon configurations for interior spaces. While the geometry of his forms recalls emerging Minimalism, the richly glowing colors in such works as Red Box over Blue Box (1973; La Jolla, CA, Mus. Contemp. A.) are sensuous and emotionally evocative, thus differentiating Antonakos from his strictly Minimalist contemporaries. He uses incomplete geometric forms, suggesting Gestalt shapes, to invite the viewer to participate imaginatively in their completion. Since 1973, Antonakos has created nearly 50 permanent public works in America, Europe and Japan, such as ...

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Danish, 20th century, male.

Born 1941, in Copenhagen.

Painter.

Pop Art, Minimal Art.

Self-taught, Per Arnoldi was influenced by the imagery of Pop Art. Arnoldi presents objects from the circus such as sticks, hats and balls with a mixture of humour, irony and a calculated naivety. He seems to have veered towards Minimalist austerity in very large formats involving vast monochrome areas separated by verticals in bright colours. He first exhibited in Munich (...

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German, 20th century, male.

Born 1936, in Cologne.

Sculptor, painter (wash).

Minimal Art.

Bandau was made Professor of Sculpture at the academy of fine arts in Münster in 1988.

He exhibited laminated metallic plaques and other 'primary forms' at an exhibition in 1991 at the Maison de la Métallurgie in Liège. A group of his wash-drawings was exhibited at the Appel and Troschke Gallery in Frankfurt am Main in ...

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Ewa Mikina

(b Zawory, nr Gdańsk, June 15, 1934).

Polish painter, sculptor and stage designer. He studied at the Higher School of Plastic Arts in Poznań between 1952 and 1958. His abstract work has a certain affinity with hard-edge painting and Minimalism. In his early paintings the circular or oval shape of the canvas restates the shape of the form painted on it and thereby becomes its real analogue (as in Double Circles and Circle Compositions, 1962–5). At about the same time he produced sculptures made from thin wire. In the paintings after 1965 the actual space becomes a part of the composition and begins to supplant painted, illusory forms; and the ‘empty’ space starts to play an increasingly important role (e.g. Structural Painting with Hole, 1965).

At the end of the 1960s Berdyszak produced the series of double and triple Integral Paintings, in which the initial formal composition is subjected to multiplication and modification. The sculptures from this period are loosely assembled groups of simple, geometrical elements that allow the viewer to rearrange them. Between ...

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German, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1956, in Idar-Oberstein.

Painter lithographer, photographer.

Minimal Art.

Heiner Blumenthal studied at the academies of fine arts in Berlin and Hamburg, under the direction of Franz Erhard Walther. He also studied in Berlin with Fred Thieler, whose style was a dynamic version of Informel, and worked in the early 1980s when Expressionist Figurative was the fashion, Blumenthal was distinctive for preserving a very spare style. He lives and works in Cologne. He first exhibited in Berlin in ...

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French, 20th century, male.

Born 9 September 1933, in Déols (Indre).

Engraver, draughtsman, painter.

Minimal Art.

At the age of 14 Bonargent began an apprenticeship in painting and decorating and then started work. He was interested in art and attended evening classes at the École des Beaux-Arts in Châteauroux from ...

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Spanish, 20th – 21st century, male.

Active in France.

Born 1949, in Saragossa.

Painter (gouache), engraver.

Minimal Art.

In 1972, José Broto settled in Barcelona and remained there for 13 years until moving to Paris in 1985. He was awarded first prize at the Salon de Montrouge in ...

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Italian, 20th century, male.

Active also active in Switzerland.

Born 24 March 1940, in Menzonio.

Sculptor, painter.

Minimal Art.

Camesi was a self-taught painter and sculptor. After 1958, he lived in Geneva and took up painting. His first attempts at sculpture were in 1965, using first wood and cardboard, then metal and plexiglas. Two features in particular characterise Camesi's work. The first is the way the material is used for what it is, metal or plexiglas, and in its raw state, as it comes from the factory. The second, in the artistic, creative stage, is the repetition of a single element, which is multiplied and developed geometrically into spatial structures. His sculptures, close to Conceptual Art in some of their aims, also tend to highlight and mark out space, in a kind of 'Space Art'. His use of arrow signs is an example. They define what he calls 'conditioning points', conditioning the viewer in terms of what he or she should observe and what should provoke reflection. These arrows can be real and precisely positioned or they may simply be painted, for example, on to a photograph. For Camesi, space is a structured and vital substance, proportional to human beings, and he therefore treats it as having real existence....

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French, 20th century, male.

Active and naturalised in the USA.

Born in Paris.

Painter.

Minimal Art.

Jean Cartier lives in New York City and has exhibited in the USA since 1956. His work has been greatly influenced by trends in American art. Cartier shows large coloured Plexiglas compositions where both the substrate and the colour are subject to infinite permutations and modulations. This approach, essentially minimalist, was highly common among the US avant-garde in the early 1970s when there was a concerted attempt to redefine both analytically and intuitively the vocabulary, syntax and overall function of painting....

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British, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1948, in Sheffield.

Painter.

Minimal Art.

Alan Charlton studied at the Sheffield School of Arts from 1965 to 1966 and at the Camberwell School of Art and the Royal Academy in London from 1966 to 1972. He lives in London and began exhibiting in ...

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French, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 12 December 1951, in Jonzac.

Painter, sculptor.

Minimal Art.

Philippe Compagnon lives and works in Paris. He has featured at a number of group exhibitions: in 1986 at the Salon de la Jeune Sculpture in Paris; in 1987 and ...

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French, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1954, in Montpellier.

Sculptor.

Minimal Art.

Daniel Coulet has shown his work at group and solo exhibitions and international events since 1991, most notably: in 1985, at the museum of modern art in Toulouse; in 1986, at the Galerie Bellint in Paris; and, in ...

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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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Italian, 20th century, male.

Active at the beginning of the second half of the century.

Sculptor.

Minimal Art.

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French, 20th century, male.

Born 1942, in Chantilly.

Sculptor (clay/glass), potter.

Minimal Art.

Bernard Dejonghe studied drawing and composition and ceramics at the École des Métiers d'Art in Paris. He has lived since 1976 in the southern Alps. His ceramic and glass compositions are normally white; their simple informality does not detract from their sensory and emotional appeal....

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Dutch, 20th century, male.

Born 1938, in Nieuwpoort, Belgium; died 1974, in Gorinchem, committed suicide.

Sculptor.

Minimal Art.

Adriaan Dekkers studied in the design section of the Rotterdam academy of fine arts between 1954 and 1958. From 1960-1963 he taught at the Culemberg technical school. He was represented in several collective exhibitions, among them the Paris Biennale in ...

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British, 20th century, male.

Born 1937, in Sutton (Surrey).

Painter.

Minimal Art.

London Group.

John Epstein studied at the Central School of Arts and Crafts from 1957 to 1960. He was a member of the London Group from 1981. His painting is exclusively monochrome and he often works on trapezoid canvases. Epstein belongs to the movement that explores the painted surface in its own right known as Art Concret or more often as Minimal Art....