Less Is More: Modern Minimalism and the Minimalist Ethos

By Elissa Tracy


August 10, 2023

Minimalism and Minimal art emerged during the 1960s in New York and Los Angeles, employing the interplay between positive and negative space, simplicity and function, and single or repeated geometric forms that lend an almost mathematical quality. Many fans of the minimalist movement, both then and now, assert that this lifestyle and aesthetic evoke spiritual and physical peace through an environment where less translates to more.

Be it Minimal art, design, or furniture, one should avoid misconstruing this simplicity as a bland void of color or lack of complexity. Striking lines arranged i...

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