Definitely check out Tyler Green's post on Marfa here
. The much abused and arguably abusive word "minimalism" has become so bastardized in the last 15 years that "minimal" and machined
aluminum have become synonymous with yuppie aesthetics. If you drive a Lexus or
go home and count the # of milled aluminum items in your abode... see what I mean. It
does show how influential Judd is though.
Still, it is definitely a long overdue opportunity to take back the essential
experience of Judd, Flavin, De Maria, Irwin, Sonnier and Jo Baer away from the
balsamic vinegar crowd and their "minimal" décor lingo. These
artists were/are intellectuals who didn't see man as the measure of all things
and acknowledged like Shakespeare did in Hamlet that, "There are more things
in heaven and earth
.than are dreamt of in your philosophy."
Currently, too many young artists are just sponging sweat off of Judd's back,
but lack the rigorous ascetic iconoclasm. The man was a philosopher not a careerist
and his works at Chinati
are a great antidote to the intensely vain art that is literally in vogue. Besides,
I suspect James Turrell's Roden Crater
will be a more successful way to assume astro vivid focus than some pied wallpaper
piper will ever achieve.
Sometimes, doing things the hard way is the only way.
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