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Los Angeles to New York: Dwan Gallery, 1959 – 1971, IV: Rethinking Minimalism

Robert Hobbs, Rhoda Thalhimer Endowed Chair, Virginia Commonwealth University, and visiting professor, Yale University. Among twentieth-century artistic styles, minimalism is remarkable for the great number of field theories developed to interpret it. For the public symposium held on November 19, 2016, in conjunction with the exhibition Los Angeles to New York: Dwan Gallery, 1959 – 1971 at the National Gallery of Art, Robert Hobbs analyzes some of the strategies artists employed to avoid interpretation as a primary means for reconsidering minimalism, using Virginia Dwan’s approach to this art as a starting point.