Abstract Painting and the Minimalist Critiques: Robert Mangold, David Novros, and Jo Baer in the 1960s, 1st Edition (e-Book) book cover

Abstract Painting and the Minimalist Critiques

Robert Mangold, David Novros, and Jo Baer in the 1960s, 1st Edition

By Matthew L. Levy


208 pages | 11 Color Illus. | 64 B/W Illus.

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This book undertakes a critical reappraisal of Minimalism through an examination of three key painters: Robert Mangold, David Novros, and Jo Baer. By establishing their substantive engagements with Minimalist discourse, as well as their often overlooked artistic exchanges with their sculptor peers, it demonstrates that painting crucially informed the movement’s development, serving not only as an object of critique but also as a crucible for its most central tenets. It also poses broader disciplinary implications as it historicizes and challenges Minimalism’s "death of painting" critiques that have been so influential to theories of modernism and postmodernism in the visual arts.

Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. Systemic Painting: A Medium at a Crossroads; 2. Robert Mangold: Minimalist Dialectics; 3. David Novros: Painting in the House of Literalism; 4. Jo Baer: Painting Reframed; Conclusion: Against Endgames

About the Author

Matthew L. Levy is Assistant Professor of Art History at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College.

About the Series

Routledge Advances in Art and Visual Studies

This series is our home for innovative research in the fields of art and visual studies. It includes monographs and targeted edited collections that provide new insights into visual culture and art practice, theory, and research.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ART / Collections, Catalogs, Exhibitions / General
ART / Criticism & Theory
ART / History / General
ART / American / General
ART / History / Contemporary (1945-)
ART / Techniques / Painting
ART / Museum Studies