Donald Judd – Exhibition view, 2009 © Galería Elvira González

Donald Judd

Donald Judd, 1982 © Jamie Dering

Missouri, USA, 1928 - New York, USA, 1994
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What you want to express is a much bigger thing than how you may go at it.

Donald Judd studied Philosophy and Art History at Columbia University and painting at the Art Students League in New York. He began his artistic career as a painter, working in an expressionist style, and later began to focus on woodcuts. His work evolved from figuration into abstraction, while always placing more importance on line and concise forms than on gesture. Another important aspect in Judd’s work are his writings. Since 1950’s he collaborate as an art critic in numerous art reviews as ARTnews, Arts Magazines (Director from 1960 to 1965) and Art International as well as his writings about art theory which also are a part of his artistic legacy.

In his work, Judd always sought to make his forms, as well as the space they commanded, clear and autonomous. He gave up painting in the early 60’s and began in 1964 using industrial processes to create works that he himself referred to as “specific objects,” rejecting the term “sculpture” because of its art historical connotations. His passion for architecture, space and how it can be inhabited led him to design furniture; initially intended for his own personal use, today Judd’s furniture is highly regarded and influential among furniture designers.

Major exhibitions of Judd’s work during his lifetime were held at the Whitney Museum of American Art (1968, 1988), the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa (1975), the Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, (1987),and the Saint Louis Art Museum (1991), among other museum exhibitions. More recent exhibitions have been held at the Museum of Modern Art in Saitama, Japan (1999), the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2001), the Tate Modern, London (2004), the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts in St. Louis, Missouri (2014 – 2014) among others. The Museum of Modern Art in New York – MoMA– presents a major retrospective of his work from March to July, 2020.

Works

Donald Judd, Untitled (MENZIKEN 88-27)
, 1988
265,3 x 39 x 19 in overall / 6 elements: 19 ¾ x 39 x 19 ¾ in each
651,2 x 99,1 x 50,2 cm overall / 6 elements: 50 ¼ x 99 x 50 ¼ cm each
Anodized aluminium and green plexiglás

Donald Judd, Untitled
, 1989

50 x 100 x 50 cm each | 
19 ⅝ x 39 ⅜ x 19 ⅝ in each
Douglas fir plywood

Donald Judd, Untitled
, 1992

50 x 100 x 25 cm | 
19 ¾ x 39 ⅜ x 9 ⅞ in
Plywood, blue and red plexiglass

Donald Judd, Untitled (85-5 LEHNI AG), 1985
30 x 90 x 30 cm
 | 11 ¾ x 35 ¾ x 11 ¾ in
Painted aluminium

Donald Judd, Untitled (MENZIKEN 88-27)
, 1988
265,3 x 39 x 19 in overall / 6 elements: 19 ¾ x 39 x 19 ¾ in each
651,2 x 99,1 x 50,2 cm overall / 6 elements: 50 ¼ x 99 x 50 ¼ cm each
Anodized aluminium and green plexiglás

Donald Judd, Untitled
, 1989

50 x 100 x 50 cm each | 
19 ⅝ x 39 ⅜ x 19 ⅝ in each
Douglas fir plywood

Donald Judd, Untitled
, 1992

50 x 100 x 25 cm | 
19 ¾ x 39 ⅜ x 9 ⅞ in
Plywood, blue and red plexiglass

Donald Judd, Untitled (85-5 LEHNI AG), 1985
30 x 90 x 30 cm
 | 11 ¾ x 35 ¾ x 11 ¾ in
Painted aluminium

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