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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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American, 20th century, male.

Born 1939, in Los Angeles.

Sculptor, painter, collage artist.

Minimal Art, Finish Fetish, Light and Space.

Peter Alexander studied at the University of Pennsylvania from 1957 to 1962, the Architectural Association of London from 1960 to 1962, and the University of California ...

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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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American, 20th century, male.

Born 1935, in Quincy (Massachusetts).

Sculptor, painter.

Minimal Art.

Carl Andre attended the Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts from 1951 to 1953, where he met Frank Stella. On a trip to Europe in 1954 he discovered Brancusi’s sculptures and megalithic monuments. He lives in New York....

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Jeremy Lewison

(b Quincy, MA, Sept 16, 1935).

American sculptor. He attended the Phillips Academy, Andover, MA, from 1951 to 1953, and in 1954 he visited England, where he was greatly impressed by Stonehenge. From 1955 to 1956 he served in the US Army; in 1957 he moved to New York, where he began to write poetry. He also made drawings and sculpture in Perspex and wood. He met Frank Stella in 1958 and in 1959 he shared his studio where he made large sculptures, such as Last Ladder (wood, 2.14×1.55×1.55 m; 1959; London, Tate). The Black Paintings on which Stella was working had a considerable influence on Andre both for their non-referentiality and for their symmetrical and non-hierarchic compositions, in which no part was given more emphasis than any other. Andre’s totemic wooden sculptures, such as Ladder No. 2 (wood, 2.1×0.15×0.15 m, 1959; London, Tate), are indebted to Constantin Brancusi but were cut rather than carved. Many of them were constructed according to what Andre called structural building principles, in which elements were stacked and interlocked....

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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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American, 20th century, male.

Born 1923, in Washington DC; died 9 February 2013, in Albany (New York).

Sculptor, installation artist, painter, draughtsman.

Minimal Art.

Richard Artschwager had a German father and a Russian mother. He studied in New Mexico, then at Cornell University in New York. He fought in World War II in England, France, and finally in Vienna. He completed his scientific studies at Cornell University but immediately abandoned this route and entered the studio of Amédée Ozenfant, who had just emigrated to New York. From ...

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American, 20th century, male.

Born 1936.

Painter.

Edward Avedesian painting has evolved over the years from abstract expressionism, minimalism and pop-abstraction, through colour field painting in the 1970s, and then to a form of bold figuration. He has exhibited his work in New York and Los Angeles, notably at the Mitchell Algus Gallery in New York in ...

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American, 20th century, female.

Born 7 August 1929, in Seattle.

Painter.

Minimal Art.

Jo Baer is interested in 'primary structures', reducing her compositions to a minimum; her style in the 1960s can be qualified as Hard Edge. A simple line of colour running parallel to the edge of the canvas, underlined by a black stripe, highlights the centre of the composition, which remains monochrome. The form and format have to match the tonality, whether glossy or matte, bright or pale. In the mid-1970s, Baer left New York for Europe and in doing so abandoned abstraction in favour of a representational style that she qualified as "radical figuration"....

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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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American, 20th century, male.

Born 1931, in New Haven (Connecticut).

Painter.

Minimal Art.

Darby Bannard studied at Princeton University before devoting himself to painting. He was a close friend of Stella in the 1960s and may have suggested to him the principle of the shaped canvas....

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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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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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American, 20th century, male.

Born 1939, in Niagara Falls; died 30 December 2014, in Accord (New York).

Painter.

Jake Berthot studied at the Pratt Institute of Design and the New School for Social Research, New York, from 1960 to 1962. Close to the American Minimalist movement, his painting features 'coloured fields'. It is not systematic, but is concerned with working the paint itself, something he has in common with Rothko....

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American, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1947, in New York.

Painter, sculptor.

James Biederman was a sculptor at Yale University in the 1970s. He produced Minimalist paintings in the 1980s and then turned to a form of gritty, smudged abstraction that might be considered Abstract Landscapism. He has said that to reach the essence of sculpture, his body must always be moving and readjusting. Sculpture has its own world (simultaneously hiding and revealing fictitious space) and excludes him from that world. He feels both drawn into its kingdom and repulsed by his protuberances and tentacles....

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Argentinian, 20th – 21st century, male.

Active in France.

Born 1960, in Córdoba.

Octavio Blasi's style is Minimalist and he uses a bright palette. He participated in A Visual dialogue through the Americas, Washington DC (1999). Solo exhibitions include: New World Gallery, Düsseldorf (...

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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 ...