Minimalism as an art style has its origins in 1960s America. The style was birthed by visual artists who found their inspiration in reductionist paintings, such as the Suprematist works by Kazimir Malevich. Household names of the movement who discovered the non-representational themes of minimalism include artists Donal Judd, Frank Stella and Carl Andre. Minimalist art focuses on space, line and shape with an underlining message of simplicity. It is common for creative minimalist work to feature large amounts of negative space and design elements. In its contemporary form, it matches movements towards minimalist interior design and slow living that emerge as a contrast to the hectic, demanding lifestyles we lead in modern society. Aesthetically minimalist artwork often imparts an atmospheric feeling of calm and relief.
About this Curation
About the Curator
Sarah Newton is an artist and curator based in Melbourne. Born in Perth, she completed a Bachelor of Arts from Edith Cowan University. In her undergraduate studies, Sarah focused on and developed her practice as a painter and printmaker.
In 2017 she moved to Victoria to complete her Masters' studies in Arts Management from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, she graduated with distinction in 2019. Sarah is an active member of the arts community in Melbourne, frequently visiting exhibitions and was a guest judge for Mission to Seafarers annual Art Prize in 2018.