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Title: Jüri Okas’ ‘specific objects’: diverging discourses in Estonian Art in the 1970s.
Authors: Kurg, Andres.
Editors: University of St Andrews. School of Art History.
Keywords: Estonia
Donald Judd
Robert Smithson
EKE project
Robert Venturi
Issue Date: 2003
Citation: Inferno: Journal of Art History Vol. 8 Article 3 2003
Abstract: This article will look at the early works of Estonian architect and artist Jüri Okas and will try to work between diverging languages and interpretations, reading works by Okas against the background of Anglo-american conceptualism and minimalism of the same period. The first part of the paper will analyse a print by Jüri Okas that paraphrases works by the American artist Donald Judd and will try to show how Okas’ concept of minimalism differed from the Western one and the reasons behind it. The second part of the paper will focus on a conceptual book by Jüri Okas, consisting of a series of photographs of everyday and banal architectural objects, and compare it to Rober Venturi’s book on Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture. Finally, a comparison will be made with works of Robert Smithson in the context of concepts of waste, excess and the remainders of industrial civilisation
Version: Postprint
Description: Previously in the University eprints HAIRST pilot service at
Article 3 of 6 in issue devoted to the visual culture of the Scandinavian and Baltic region.
ISSN: 1355-5596
Type: Journal article
Publication Status: Published
Status: Peer reviewed
Publisher: School of Art History, University of St Andrews
Appears in Collections:Inferno: Journal of Art History Volume 8 (2003)

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