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Hardcover | Out of Print | ISBN: 9780262122665 | 294 pp. | 8 x 9 in | 137 b&w illus.| February 2005
Paperback | $19.95 Trade | £14.95 | ISBN: 9780262622080 | 294 pp. | 8 x 9 in | 137 b&w illus.| February 2007

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Nothing Less than Literal

Architecture after Minimalism

About the Author

Mark Linder is Associate Professor in the School of Architecture at Syracuse University.


“"adventurous... essays open up a greater range of debate and questioning that has recently disappeared in discussions about 'nothing more than architecture.'" Constructs”—


“Linder refreshes the debate over a well-documented historical period with a compelling argument of inspiring and insightful scholarship. In light of the wide range of media used by architects today, readers will also find Linder's book a surprisingly timely entry on the contemporary significance of the physical, literal property of architecture.”
Jeffrey Inaba, Program Director of Post-Graduate Studies, Southern California Institute of Architecture
“Centered around events of 1967, Mark Linder’s Nothing Less than Literal provides a major reconceptualization of the history of American formalism and its discontents by exposing architecture’s 'undisciplined' appearance within art discourse and practice. In a provocative twist on traditional scholarship, Linder convincingly asserts that architecture appears before art in the conceptual development of modernist formalism. Rather than engage in the stale and seemingly endless squabbles over whether, or to what degree, architecture is an art, Linder cleverly and economically demonstrates how modernist art emerged through architecture. He delivers this argument with great erudition and specificity, offering nothing less than a literally reconfigured map of two disciplines and their relations at a crucial moment in recent history.”
Robert Somol, Department of Architecture and Urban Design, University of California, Los Angeles
“The renegotiation of an art object's relationship to its physical, temporal, and institutional context remains a lasting legacy of the polemics embodied in minimal art in the 1960s. Linder provides an insightful and provoative reconsideration of the role of architecture in the critical discourse of minimalism, making his work an essential text for anyone examining the art and architecture of this pivotal period.”
Ann Goldstein, Senior Curator, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles