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Nothing Less than Literal: Architecture after Minimalism - The MIT Press (Paperback)
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Nothing Less than Literal: Architecture after Minimalism - The MIT Press (Paperback)

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How minimalist art was infiltrated by architecture in the 1960s: a history of the exchanges of formalist concepts and techniques that resulted in a reconfiguration of two disciplines. In Nothing Less than Literal, Mark Linder shows how minimalist art of the 1960s was infiltrated by architecture, resulting in a reconfiguration of the disciplines of both art and architecture. Linder traces the exchange of concepts and techniques between architecture and art through a reading of the work of critics Clement Greenberg, Colin Rowe, Michael Fried, and the artist-writer Robert Smithson, and then locates a recuperation of "the architecture of minimalism" in the contemporary work of John Hejduk and Frank Gehry. "Literal" was not only a term used by Fried to attack minimalism; it was a key term for Greenberg as well, and in both cases their use of that term coincides with discussions of the architectural qualities of art. Linder gives us the first thorough examination of the role that architectural concepts, techniques of representation, and practices played in the emergence of minimalism. Beginning with a comparison of the "postcubist" writings of Clement Greenberg and Colin Rowe, he reveals surprising affinities in their critical formulations of pictorialism-including the use by both of an analogy between cubist collage and architectural space. This is followed by an account of the sharp differences between Michael Fried and Robert Smithson; Linder contrasts the sublimation of space and refusal of architecture in Fried's concept of the "radically abstract" with Smithson's explicit embrace of architectural thinking and his complex concepts of space. Finally, Linder looks at particular instances in the work of two architects who, through collaboration with artists, engaged the legacy of literalism-John Hejduk's Wall House and Frank Gehry's decade-long fascination with the figure of the fish. Linder shows how the "productive impropriety" of transdisciplinary borrowing in the discourses surrounding minimalism serves as a counterexample to the prevalent perception of "disciplines" as conservative and institutionalizing.

Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
ISBN: 9780262622080
Number of pages: 294
Weight: 658 g
Dimensions: 229 x 203 x 15 mm


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...adventurous... essays open up a greater range of debate and questioning that has recently disappeared in discussions about 'nothing more than architecture. -Constructs
...adventurous... essays open up a greater range of debate and questioning that has recently disappeared in discussions about 'nothing more than architecture. -Constructs * Reviews *

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