This coming April 6th, Galería Elvira González will present an exhibition of furniture and prints created by Donald Judd, a key figure in the art of the United States in the 20th century.
The exhibition will include prints, wood furniture and steel furniture, offering a glimpse of Judd’s vast productivity. In addition to his art works, Donald Judd was a prolific draftsman and print-maker. In the artist’s own words, “the configuration and the scale of art can not be transposed into furniture or architecture. The intent of art is different from that of the latter, which must be functional. If a chair or a building is not functional, if it appears to be only art, it is ridiculous.”The exhibition’s selection of painted metal furniture — a technique that is characteristic of much of Judd’s work — displays Judd’s method of constructing and executing his well-known colored boxes with visible screw-heads and industrial paint. At the same time, the fact that the furniture pieces are produced in unlimited editions makes clear the industrial nature of Judd’s designs. Judd’s wood furniture, on the other hand, belongs to an authentically American aspect of his work, showing a clear influence of American folk furniture, as well of Shaker furniture that was created by the religious groups that established themselves in the United States in the 19th century. Judd’s earliest furniture was designed for his own personal use.The prints that accompany the furniture in the exhibition are colored plates in which the artist employs repeating forms. Color and the types of lines are the only variables.