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Minor Saint of Postminimalism

Minor Saint of Postminimalism

Chapter:
Epilogue Minor Saint of Postminimalism
Source:
Barry Le Va
Author(s):
Michael Maizels
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816694686.003.0006

The Epilogue addresses Le Va's historical position, examining the way in which a kind of “minor status” has been ascribed to him since almost the beginning of his career. It suggests that while a number of factors likely contributed to Le Va’s comparative lack of renown the best explanation is Le Va’s own demonstrated reticence to pursue a higher artistic profile. This must be understood not only as an expression of an individual’s understandable desire to work outside of the limelight but also as a part of a critique of the mechanisms of art world fame. By not seeking a place in the pantheon of great artists, Le Va insists on a kind of art history—multiple, fragmented and temporary—that echoes his own work.

Keywords:   Barry Le Va, career, historical position, renown, artistic profile, art world fame, reticence, art history

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