A Minimal Experience:

The light hanging from the ceiling illuminated the tiles.

It was aligned perfectly and neatly. There wasn’t a spec of dirt to be found on the smooth, shiny surface. There wasn’t any grunge or mildew. It was spotless. It was simple and ordinary. It was also a work of art. And that’s what the artist hopes people realize.

Jean Pierre Raynaud’s “Paving Squares and Hooks” is just one of the many pieces on display at the Tampa Museum of Art. The exhibit called “Minimal to the Max: The Browning Collection” celebrates the art movement known as Minimalism.

This art style reduces a work of art to a minimum number of colors, shades, values, lines and textures without using representation or symbolism to any other object or experience. It’s something the Manager of Marketing and Communications Meredith Elorfi hopes people understand when viewing the exhibit.

“We always have a key message with all our exhibits,” said Elofti. “We want people to explore the impact of Minimalism.”

The Museum committee chose this collection after a rigorous selection process.

“There are a lot of factors that go into the decision,” said Elorfi. “It takes 12 to 18 months, sometimes longer. It was available, and we were excited about it because it was very different from our last exhibit.”

Among some of the works is one by Joseph Albers entitled “Study for Homage to the Squares.” The painting is an acrylic on a panel. There are three deep colored squares of red that overlap each other. Just like all the other pieces, its simplicity is what makes it unique. Albers has been fond of Minimalism.

“No variation in texture, no personal handwriting, no stylization, no tricks, no ‘twinkling of the eyes.’ I want to make my works as neutral as possible,” said Albert.

Of the 62 works donated by Gilbert and Catherine Brownstone, Elorfi believes there are a few that truly encapsulate the Minimalism movement.

“The images of Mangold and Warhol come to mind,” she says.

Elorfi mentions Robert Mangold’s piece “Red/Aqua/Yellowgreen+ Painting.”

The piece can be seen on the “Minimal to the Max” banner at the main entrance. The two works by Andy Warhol on display are “Cow and Brillo.”

Elorfi is hopeful more students from UT will make the trip over to the museum.

“We have such a diverse exhibition and we’re trying to expand to as many people as we can,” she said. “I think we have something to appeal to everyone.”

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