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Minimalism's Evil Orthodoxy Monoculture's Totalitarian Esthetic #1

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Ashley Bickerton

Date

1989

Institution Walker Art Center
Location Not on view.
Minimalism's Evil Orthodoxy Monoculture's Totalitarian Esthetic #1, Ashley Bickerton
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Ashley Bickerton, Minimalism's Evil Orthodoxy Monoculture's Totalitarian Esthetic #1 (1989)
Artist: Ashley Bickerton
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Place: Monoculture
Economy: Coffee
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WalkerResources  September 21, 2012

This artwork is on view in the Walker exhibition The Living Years: Art after 1989. The text below is the artwork's label written for that exhibition.

These cast-concrete boxes contain soil and crop samples from areas in Africa, Asia, and South America where monoculture—the widespread cultivation of a single cash crop—is a common practice. For the artist, this damaging farming method is not unlike the aesthetic of Minimalism, which since the 1960s has emphasized pure form and ignored geopolitical realities. “I wanted to do an acrobatic leap,” Ashley Bickerton writes, “between the piety of the Minimalist project and the real world effects of the kind of thinking embodied by that aesthetic.”

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