What you see and what looks you: from minimalism to the minimal thing Lecture Series ON MINIMALISM IN ART AND MUSIC

What you see and what looks you: from minimalism to the minimal thing

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Javier Rodríguez Marcos

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  1. Javier Rodríguez MarcosJavier Rodríguez Marcos

    (Cáceres, 1970) es autor de los libros de poemas Naufragios, Mientras arden y Frágil (Premio El Ojo Crítico de Poesía 2002). Es también autor de los libros de viajes Los trabajos del viajero y Medio mundo. Su obra ha aparecido en antologías de poesía última española como La generación del 99, La lógica de Orfeo y la portuguesa Poesía Espanhola de agora. Fue redactor del suplemento cultural del diario ABC y actualmente lo es del diario El País. Ha publicado, en colaboración con Anatxu Zabalbeascoa, los libros Vidas construidas. Biografías de arquitectos y el ensayo Minimalismos. Fue uno de los comisarios de la exposición Minimalismos. Un signo de los tiempos celebrada en el Museo Reina Sofía de Madrid entre julio y octubre de 2001.

Making use of the diagnosis Eugenio d'Ors established for the Baroque, it could be said that minimalism is a wind without north. Suddenly everything becomes minimal: the present, of course, but also the past. As we know, each artist creates both his successors and his predecessors. The tag of minimal art -popularized in the 1960's- has extended to posterior art and to architecture- like a special turning point in the 1990's- and also to the architecture and art which along the first half of the 20th century applied a less expressionist abstraction language  But the tale of that expansion is more a mystery than a love story. Has the extension of the term to fields other than sculpture implied a degeneration of its sense? At what point did we go from the minimal in singular to "the" minimal in plural? Is minimalism a rule or an exception? In opposition to what Frank Stella thought, what you see is not always -or almost never- only what you see.