Episode 1: Minimalism with Tory Fair

In this episode, John and Elizabeth speak with Tory Fair, sculptor and professor in the Art Department at Brandeis about minimalism. They discuss the difference in involvement expected from the viewer of a minimalist work and other work, and compare modes of minimalism, from Donald Judd to Samuel Beckett to Marie Kondo. Their discussion of the correct amount of guidance to expect or to want from an artist also turns to a lively chat on the experience of going to the museum, and whether that is best approached as directed by the artist or curator, or as a search for an unexpected occurrence. Then in Recallable Art, Tory recommends the Daybook Installation at DIA by Anne Truitt, and John recommends Aesop’s fables.

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Donald Judd, untitled installation in Marfa, TX

Discussed in the podcast:

Aesop, Fables

Samuel Beckett, Breath

Nelson Goodman, Languages of Art: An Approach to a Theory of Symbols (the concepts of autographic and allographic writing are in chapter three)

Marie Kondo, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

Anne Truitt, Daybook

Listen to the podcast:

(episode transcript available here: Tory Fair and Minimalism)

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