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Connor Clements


As successful as the minimalist way of working was in terms of  reducing art down to its bare tectonic components aesthetically, a  major flaw in it which eroded the works success over time was its  notion of value. When creating works, these artists strived to do away  with any preconceived notion of auteur, or craft, or interpretation,  which was successful. However over time a superficial value was  slowly imposed on the works as they became more successful, and  in turn the works became more valuable as historical artefacts. The  fact that a Judd piece can sell for $12000 seems to directly contradict  the goals which it was created to achieve. The whole point of its  creation was to not be placed on some form of pedestal, to simply  exists in the space as the sum of its parts and nothing more. 

 

However, when dealing with objects which are simply data  representing form, this data can be freely distributed. When an  object can be copied and freely distributed infinitely with no defined  original, the object itself has no inherent monetary value, making it  resistant to having any such value imposed on it as the works of the  minimalists did. This shows that the virtual realm actually has the  potential to achieve the goals of the minimalists more successfully  than they ultimately did, by carrying on their ethos in an environment  which allows it to be replicated and reproduced. The only possible  issue that could arise is through copyright, though these would likely  exist in the same way the distribution of 2D works via social media  already exist.