Founded as a backlash against abstract expressionism, minimalism was characterized by simplified, stripped-down forms and materials used to express ideas in a direct and impersonal manner, without referring to expressive or historical themes. This critical movement branched out into land art, performance art, and conceptual art, and is still a major influence today. This book features Richard Serra, Carl Andre, Robert Morris,Anne Truitt, and more. Part of Taschen's "Basic Art" movement and genre series, this book includes a detailed introduction with approximately 30 photographs, plus a timeline of the most important events (political, cultural, scientific, sporting, etc.) that took place during the period.