In 1913 a man by the name of Kasimir Malevich placed a black square in a white background, this started the minimalist revolution.
The painting came with a very powerful quote, “art no longer cares to serve the state and religion; it no longer wishes to illustrate the history of manners, it wants to have nothing further to do with the object as such, and believes that it can exist, in and for itself, without things”
(quoted Gablik in Stangos 1981, p. 244)
It was the least popular revolution amongst art buyers and critiques. It laid low for decades until artist in the 60’s bought it back into vogue, noting that they were bored with the modern day action paintings and preferred to paint with intuition rather than a form or light painting.
Conceptual Art was first formed in 1961 by the American theorist and Composer Henry Flynt. Duchamp paved the way for the Conceptual artists with his Urinal sculpture entitled “DMut”, I have summarised this work in a previous blog. It was known as the dematerialisation of art and concentrated breaking down art to its bare bones. Photography was used a visual recording device to follow the artists ideas: