The look of the object: Minimalism in art and architecture, then and now

Macarthur, John (2002) The look of the object: Minimalism in art and architecture, then and now. Architectural Theory Review, 7 1: 137-148. doi:10.1080/13264820209478450

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Author Macarthur, John
Title The look of the object: Minimalism in art and architecture, then and now
Journal name Architectural Theory Review   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1326-4826
Publication date 2002-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/13264820209478450
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
Volume 7
Issue 1
Start page 137
End page 148
Total pages 12
Place of publication Sydney
Publisher Faculty of Architecture, The University of Sydney
Collection year 2002
Language eng
Subject 310105 History of the Built Environment
310000 Architecture, Urban Environment and Building
C1
310101 Architecture
780199 Other
Abstract In Modernism the category of the art-object was one of the points at which architecture and the visual arts are differentiated and articulated. The rise of so called 'minimalist' architecture, with its fixation on object qualities and its borrowings from art theory, suggests that this difference is collapsing. By looking at works from the late nineteen sixties by Manfredo Tafuri, Michael Fried and Theodor Adorno, this essay opens some of the complexities of the theory of the object in the end game of high modernism, and speculates on the significance of the new taste for the look of the object.
Keyword minimalism
modernism
object
Q-Index Code C1

 
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