Minimalism or minimalist art can be seen as extending the abstract idea that art should have its own reality and not be an imitation of some other thing.
We usually think of art as representing an aspect of the real world (a landscape, a person, or even a tin of soup!); or reflecting an experience such as an emotion or feeling.
With minimalism, no attempt is made to represent an outside reality, the artist wants the viewer to respond only to what is in front of them.
The medium, (or material) from which it is made, and the form of the work is the reality.
Minimalist painter Frank Stella famously said about his paintings
‘What you see is what you see’
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