Rethinking Seriality in Minimalist Art Practices

Yanhua ZHOU


Seriality in one of the characterist of Minimalist works. It shows a visual order of “one thing after another”. However, we never think about issues related Minimalist seriality, such as the difference between modernism and Minimalism when thinking in series, the theoretical logic behind it, whether seriality is equal to repetition, and its aesthetic and social meanings. This essay rethinks the meaning of seriality in Minimalist art practices. It aims to reexamine the term “seriality” in both modernist and Minimalist practices, distinguish it from repetition and sameness and explore the reason for Minimalist artists thinking in series from both socio-political and aesthetic epistemological perspectives.


Seriality; Minimalism; Objecthood; Repetition

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