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1A movement in sculpture and painting which arose in the 1950s, characterized by the use of simple, massive forms.
- ‘Koons's celebrated Rabbit - sometimes nicknamed the Brancusi Bunny - is not simply a parody of kitsch, Brancusi, and minimalism.’
- ‘Artists were engaged in such varied practices as minimalism, Earthworks, Photo-realism, conceptual art, performance art, and feminist art.’
- ‘Styles as varied as Pop art, minimalism and even performance art embrace the still life style.’
- ‘Rainer encountered problems in attempting to translate the ‘literalness’ attributed to painterly and sculptural minimalism to live performance.’
- ‘Tate cites influences on Gallagher's work ranging from bebop to hip hop, from abstract expressionism to minimalism to the postmodern, and identity-based art of the recent decade or so.’
2An avant-garde movement in music characterized by the repetition of very short phrases which change gradually, producing a hypnotic effect.
- ‘It uses ingredients of Javanese Gamelan drumming, Philip Glass-style minimalism and wind up music boxes with spinning ballerinas.’
- ‘The headliner for the Irving Plaza shows was Tortoise, an instrumental band that dips into minimalism, lounge music, jazz and rock.’
- ‘Then in 1971 he dropped modernism and embraced the simplicities of medieval church music - at just the same time as Steve Reich and Philip Glass in New York were discovering repetitive minimalism.’
- ‘Claiming to have been hugely into minimalism and avant-garde music by the time he hit high school, Jim O'Rourke's stock took a blow in the credibility department with me.’
- ‘A favorite of the great Czech conductor Rafael Kubelik, St Wenceslas prefigures late twentieth century minimalism with its repetitive chorale theme and luminous string figurations.’
3Deliberate lack of decoration or adornment in style or design:‘his living room was a testament to minimalism’
- ‘Giving us her unique brand of decorative minimalism, she was at her chic, subtle peak.’
- ‘This plush velvet theatre is far more suited to comedy than the modern minimalism of the Barbican Centre but that is not to say it is ideal for a regular comedy club night.’
- ‘But there is a growing trend for more modern designs - although minimalism is still not a hit.’
- ‘Sasha Sykes's country-inspired contemporary furniture is the perfect choice for anyone put off by the unwelcoming minimalism of most modern design.’
- ‘A very elegant boardroom, it's style a blend of old fashioned Victorian design, and modern minimalism.’
- ‘Décor is a blend of minimalism, contemporary design and largely neutral shades with added dashes of colour.’
- ‘‘China Modern’ shows design from Taoist simplicity and sleek urban minimalism to modern reworkings of Chinese imperial themes.’
- ‘This can be seen as a direct reaction to the minimalism which was the prevailing style of the time and in which he had begun his career.’
- ‘The 15 spaces have only their fierce commitment to individuality (and, of course, their amenities) in common, ranging in style from slick minimalism to full-on kitsch.’
- ‘As interiors editor of The Times Magazine, Lee is in a better position than most to monitor trends in interiors and is now predicting a move away from minimalism and industrial design to the return of colour in all its glory.’
- ‘The Boscolo Hotel Exedra is a pleasant mixture of chic minimalism and old-fashioned high style - just the place for those who have become accustomed to the good things in life and do not mind paying for this kind of luxury.’
- ‘Inside, however, modernity and luxurious minimalism take over.’
- ‘It's fascinating that text is such a visible genre within art because, perhaps a little like decorative minimalism, it seems to exist on the periphery, but where this particular art fair is concerned, more is better.’
- ‘And his visual style is a triumph of minimalism, his camera typically positioned about three feet above the ground and rarely (in some films never) moving.’
- ‘Although minimalism is a style that Yau's restaurants have now rejected, he is still thinking hard in Pawson terms about the social dynamics of the space in which he puts people to eat.’
- ‘The text and imagery includes working models of living spaces that should give casualties of minimalism the confidence to decorate with more rather than less.’
- ‘Originally a motel, the San José is not expensive, but it has a design integrity that incorporates timber furniture with modern minimalism.’
- ‘In terms of overall style, minimalism is out this year.’
- ‘That was seven years ago, when minimalism, simplicity and modernity were prized.’
- ‘Dense hangs are out of fashion, and when it comes to fashionable interior decoration, minimalism tends to be the order of the day.’
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