Definition of minimalism
1 : a style or technique (as in music, literature, or design) that is characterized by extreme spareness and simplicity
2 : minimal art
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The allure of effortless beauty and chic minimalism that make up the French-Girl aesthetic are as conceptually captivating as the iconic women who encapsulate it.
The sheer minimalism of this image starts to have an eerie effect that belies the goofy origins of it.
And buried in all of this sleek minimalism is a subtle nod to the brand's early DNA.
Customers purchasing homes today often are looking for minimalism in design with high-quality materials and increased functionality.
The land is represented by a white acrylic, giving each map both a soothing minimalism and strong contrast.
This kind of extreme minimalism is not standard practice in Japan, but the concept of making do with less has become much more mainstream in recent years, an antidote to materialism and excess.
The Darling Exchange in Sydney, Australia – Kengo Kuma, an award-winning Japanese architect, is known for his minimalism and innovative use of natural materials in his buildings.
Their design theme is minimalism, moving little dirt at little cost to create a course with a $50 green fee.
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In the 1960s, a few composers, including Philip Glass, Steve Reich, and John Adams, began writing music inspired by the music of India and Southeast Asia, often with a quick pulsing beat and chords that are repeated quickly over and over while small changes are slowly introduced. Minimalist art, which began appearing around the same time, tries to strip away all personal elements, often leaving only pure geometric forms; you may have seen the plain silver boxes of Donald Judd, or the straight neon tubes of Bruce Nauman. In literature, the stripped-down fiction of Samuel Beckett and Raymond Carver is often considered minimalist. But there's a real question whether these various types of minimalism should even be considered the same concept.
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