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Neo-minimalism is an amorphous art movement of the late 20th and early 21st centuries. It has alternatively been called Neo-Geometric or "Neo-Geo" art. Other terms include: Neo-Conceptualism, Neo-Futurism, Neo-Op, Neo-pop, New Abstraction, Poptometry, Post-Abstractionism, and Smart Art.[1]


The aspects of "postmodern art" that have been described as neo-minimalism (and related terms) involve a general "reevaluation of earlier art forms."[2] As its various titles indicate, the movement draws on earlier mid-to-late-20th century developments in Minimalist art, Abstract Expressionism and its offshoots, plus Pop Art, Op Art, and other threads of artistic development.[3]

Contemporary artists who have been linked to the term, or who have been included in shows employing it, include Peter Halley, Philip Taaffe, Lorenzo Belenguer, Ashley Bickerton, David Burdeny, Paul Kuhn, DoDoU, Eve Leader, Peter Schuyff, Christopher Willard and Tim Zuck. The steel sculptures of Richard Serra have been described as "austere neo-Minimalism...."[4]

Design and music[edit]

Beyond painting, sculpture and other "museum art," the term has been applied to architecture, design, and music.[5] In architecture, indeed, neo-minimalism has been identified as a part of "the new orthodoxy...."[6]

"After the bacchanal of post-modernism, the time has again come for neo-minimalism, neo-ascetism, neo-denial and sublime poverty."[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ John Albert Walker, Glossary of Art, Architecture, and Design Since 1945, Third edition, New York, G. K. Hall, 1992; p. 443.
  2. ^ Fred S. Kleiner and Christin J. Mamiya, Gardner's Art Through the Ages: The Western Perspective, Twelfth edition, Thomson / Wadsworth, 2005; Vol. 2, p. 844.
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  4. ^ Casey Nelson Blake, "An Atmosphere of Effrontery," in: The Power of Culture: Critical Essays in American History, Richard Wightman Fox and T. J. Jackson Lears, eds., Chicago, University of Chicago Press, 1993; p. 259 n. 17.
  5. ^ Cadence: The American Review of Jazz and Blues, Vol. 14 (1988), p. 65.
  6. ^ Brooke Hodge, ed., Not Architecture But Evidence That It Exists, Princeton, NJ, Princeton University Press, 1999; p. 121.
  7. ^ Juhani Pallasmaa, Architecture in Miniature, Museum of Finnish Architecture, 1991; p. 1.