Art: Blunt Objects

It's hard to love, but Minimalism changed the language of art. Two shows let it say its piece

Go to the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Los Angeles right now and you can see one of the most merciless cultural products of the 1960s, Carl Andre's 6 x 6 Den Haag Steel Lock, a mat of 36 steel plates arranged to form a black square. First assembled in 1968, it remains to this day one of the bluntest things that have ever presumed to radiate the aura of an art object--which may be what was bothering a recent visitor to the show "A Minimal Future? Art as Object: 1958-1968." The art lover, a guy who looked...

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