About this publication
Minimal Means focuses on a group of artists originating in the late 1950s and 1960s in the United States, Brazil, and Spain. With common roots in the art of Kazimir Malevich, Piet Mondrian and the experience of the Bauhaus, the artists in this exhibition expanded the legacy of constructivism and geometric abstraction into a new era. They attempted to transform the modes of sensory perception through radical formal investigation. The publication looks at three creative contexts that have never before been studied together or juxtaposed in an exhibition. Notably, it is the first project that brings together North American artists such as Donald Judd, Dan Flavin, and Sol LeWitt, with counterparts from Europe and Latin America such as Jorge Oteiza, Elena Asins, José María Yturralde, Mira Schendel, Lygia Clark, and Hélio Oiticica. The publication is organized around common themes and formal solutions, and cross-examines the different political and cultural contexts that gave rise to these radical formal investigations.