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Essence and Existence: The Profound Simplicity of Minimalism

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Minimalism, a significant movement that emerged in the late 1950s and gained prominence in the 1960s, stands as a stark contrast to the expressive art forms of the previous decades. This movement, characterized by extreme simplicity of form and a literal, objective approach, sought to strip art down to its essential elements. This transformative art style not only altered the landscape of visual art but also profoundly influenced architecture, sculpture, music, and design. Frank Stella - Harran II The roots of Minimalism are often traced back to the post-World War II era, particularly in America, where artists started to move away from the personal symbolism and emotional depth of Abstract Expressionism . They favored instead a more impersonal and starkly literal approach. This was partly a reaction to the commercialization of art and a critique of the traditional, highly subjective art forms that dominated the art world at the time. One of the seminal figures in this movement is Frank