Contemporary Female Artists Are Making Minimalism Political
Lindsay Preston Zappas
February 24, 2017
Minimalism emerged in New York in the 1960s as a reaction to the more expressive styles of its day. Artists involved, like Ellsworth Kelly, Kenneth Noland, Frank Stella, and Robert Ryman, privileged geometry and simplicity above all else. And while several women have been noted as participants in the movement (Anne Truitt, Agnes Martin among them), the minimalists that predominantly come to mind are almost exclusively male.
A new show of contemporary female artists at Shulamit Nazarian in L.A., titled “Escape Attempts,” revisits Minimalism, though rather than attempt to revise the canon, it tips a
hat to it, through the work of seven contemporary female artists.