Out of Minimalism: The Referential Cube

Contextualizing Sculptures by Antony Gormley,
Anish Kapoor & Rachel Whiteread

By Malin Hedlin Hayden
December 2003
Uppsala University Press
ISBN: 91-554-5682-0
274 pages, Illustrated, 6 " x 9 "
$57.50 Paper Original

This Ph.D. dissertation involves a threefold investigation of sculpture. Firstly, the interpretations are focused on particular artworks by three British sculptors: Antony Gormley, Anish Kapoor, and Rachel Whiteread, respectively. The notion applied minimalism is tentatively applied to their sculptures. A primary argument is that these works are idiomatically, thematically, and theoretically founded on the heritage of American Minimalism from the 1960s. The sculptures by these three artists are seen as readings and transformations in themselves of the Minimalist sculptural idiom. Secondly, the dissertation aims at an investigation of the notion of sculpture, which is explored as a discursive term, i.e. as a working notion. This dissertation argues that the notion of sculpture, specifically in the wake of Minimal sculpture and the artworks inscribed by that category in art critical discourse, relies on the imperative or a corporeal acknowledged view/interpreter and that significant relations as regards the notion of sculpture are therefore external to a high degree.

Fine Arts; Sculpture

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