Less is more complicated: art-architecture relationships in Judd's minimal art and Herzog and de Meuron's architectural 'minimalism'

Brown, Alexandra. (2007). Less is more complicated: art-architecture relationships in Judd's minimal art and Herzog and de Meuron's architectural 'minimalism' B.A. Thesis, School of Geography, Planning & Env Management, The University of Queensland.

       
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Author Brown, Alexandra.
Thesis Title Less is more complicated: art-architecture relationships in Judd's minimal art and Herzog and de Meuron's architectural 'minimalism'
School, Centre or Institute School of Geography, Planning & Env Management
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 2007
Thesis type B.A. Thesis
Supervisor Dr Andrew Leach
Dr John Macarthur
Total pages 72
Language eng
Subjects 1201 Architecture
Formatted abstract
The research examines the occurrence of minimalism in visual art during the 1950s and 60s, alongside the more recent uptake of the term in architecture (thirty years later) as a way of commenting on possible relationships between architecture and art today. The significance of minimalism as a way of examining art-architecture relationships stems not only from the emergence of the phenomenon within both disciplines as a critical category, but also from the notion that the debates over minimalism and modernism during the middle of the twentieth century had (and continue to have) implications for the structure and limits of art as a whole. Architecture here finds itself necessarily caught up in these implications through its status as a discipline within the modern system of the arts. Realising that the popular understanding of ‘minimalism’ in architecture often bears only a formal resemblance to the work of minimal art, the research attempts to look beyond this popular image in order to discern what elements, if any, from the discourse on minimal art have been retained in the uptake of ‘minimalism’ in architecture. Within the dissertation, the theoretical position of minimal art is understood through Donald Judd, who in the 1960s made a significant contribution to the debates surrounding ‘minimalism’ as a reaction to Abstract Expressionism before it and the modernism of Clement Greenberg and Michael Fried. Also in predominantly theoretical terms, the research considers the work of Herzog and de Meuron, and specifically the firm’s involvement in architecture exhibitions. Through examining this work in relation to minimal art and the work of Judd in particular, the thesis ultimately aims to comment on the implications of minimal practices for larger discussions involving the relationship between art and architecture.

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