This colorful flurourescent-light sculptural object at San Francisco MoMA is a minimalist classic by the late artist Dan Flavin. Regular visitors to GlobalGraphica may have noticed that we’re suckers for minimalism (it’s true). Works like this really appeal to our sense of a lean, clean, pared aesthetic and the power of empty space. Like much of the work that marked the latter and better-known part of his artistic career, Flavin’s SF MoMA installation makes use of readymade materials — tubes and fluorescent lights — and is composed within site-specific architectural spaces.
We’re fans of German visual artist Gerhard Richter, perhaps best known for his “capitalist realism” and his photo-realistic and “blur” paintings. But Richter has explored several distinct visual styles and themes throughout his career. Among his body of work are his “color” (“farben”) paintings, such as this one titled “Farben 256” we saw recently on view at the San Francisco Museum of Art.
This low-slung white box of a building is a mystery to many. It’s a former stand-alone retail space on Centinela Boulevard that’s been converted to unmarked offices (or something) in an unremarkable patch of suburban Los Angeles on Playa Vista’s eastern edge. The windows have been shuttered with vertical slats and the size of these portals suggest the building could have once been a mattress or piano store. In any case, its plain, minimalist aesthetic adds to the mystery and gives it beauty.
The cafe in the garden of the Nezu Museum in Aoyama, in Tokyo, is a striking example of minimalist architectural design and contemporary Japanese aesthetics. Floor-to-ceiling glass walls on three sides of the rectangular space give a full view of the garden and spectacular autumn foliage. A Japanese washi paper design is part of the ceiling material and allows diffused light into the space. This is one of more contemplative spaces in Tokyo and a fine place to while away an hour in reflection, sipping a coffee or tea.
Yayoi Kusama is one of Japan’s foremost modern and contemporary artists, and it’s been a treat to witness her re-emergence over the past 15 years and her evolution into a global art star whose minimalist creative vision has resonated with so many art fans, collectors, and curators worldwide. Pictured here is one of her abstract, monochromatic “Infinity Nets” paintings.