Western Art – Reductive Art – Creatively Simple 2

Reductive Art – The Concept
Instead of being a distinct genre of art, this art shape is a collective expression for some Modern Art designs with same or synonymous underlying strategy. The essence of Reductive Art lies in its simplistic designs instead of intricate function, quality against obscurity, simple types against sophisticated patterns, and easy color schemes in the region of fantastical palettes. This strategy took origins in America around the late 1950s, as a rebellion from the existing art movements. Finally, this art shape resulted as a response of the modern artists up against the idealism of 1960s. Accordingly, the part of themes or topics took a backseat as well as the extensive of ‘concept’ was underlined.

The Correlations
Among the Modern Art types and alternative names that is classified as Reductive Art are ABC art, Color Field, Minimalistic art, Cool art, Rejective art, Geometrical Abstraction, and Anti-illusion art. So, Reductive Art is a pluralistic approach that finds expression in different types and techniques.

The Details
Precision and asymmetry are the prime characteristics of Reductive Art. Geometrical Abstraction is primarily set in continuous types and limited (or, just primary) hues. The idea (concept) for a specific pattern becomes the driving force behind the performance of these functions. So, Reductive art is clear of the bounds of historic, social, political, religious, or mythological inspiration for the choice of topics. It is said that ‘intellectual rigor’ for conceptualization of the functions has precedence over the technique included and medium chosen.

The Artists & the Artworks
Dutch painter Piet Mondrian’s (1872-1944) ‘Composition II in Red, Blue, and Yellow’ (1930), ‘Composition with Yellow, Blue, and Red’ (1937-42), and ‘Composition 10’ (1939-42) are functions having rectangles of differing models painted in main hues. The focus of Minimalism is to create as basic a shape because potential. Russian painter Kazimir Severinovich Malevich’s (1879-1935) ‘Black Circle’ (1913) and ‘Black Square’ (1915) are firmly Minimalistic in nature. American Sculptor Tony Smith’s (1912-80) 1962 sculpture ‘Free Ride’ is great illustration of Minimalistic designing. ‘Harran II’ (1967) by American painter and sculptor Frank Stella (born 1936), ‘Untitled’ (1990) by the American artist Donald Clarence Judd (1928-94), ‘Bronze Gate’ (2005) & ‘Untitled’ (1967) by American sculptor, artist, & author Robert Morris (born 1931) are a few of the alternative distinguished functions in Reductive Art.

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  • Deborah E
    12 May, 2012 at 11:47 pm

    I like the descriptive way that you introduce “Reductive Art,” when you say, “clarity against obscurity, basic forms against elaborate patterns, and simple color schemes in the place of fantastical palettes.” I am so accustomed to looking at the traditional art, contemporary art, abstract art, and the list goes on… It is really helpful to look at this movement and understand its origins. Thanks for the post.
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  • Manuel Marino
    20 August, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    Like in music, sometimes simple schemes can be more “catchy” and pleasant, full of importance and meanings. Anyway, I like Art in general, in all of its forms. While traditional Art is fascinating, there are other forms that need to be known, to understand the real essence of Art.
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