The first retrospective in 30 years on American maverick Donald Judd's minimalist sculpture, architecture and furniture
Published to accompany the first US retrospective exhibition of Donald Judd's sculpture in more than 30 years, Judd explores the work of a landmark artist who, over the course of his career, developed a material and formal vocabulary that transformed the field of modern sculpture.Donald Judd was among a generation of artists in the 1960s who sought to entirely do away with illusion, narrative and metaphorical content. He turned to three dimensions as well as industrial working methods and materials in order to investigate "real space," by his definition. Judd surveys the evolution of the artist's work, beginning with his paintings, reliefs and handmade objects from the early 1960s; through the years in which he built an iconic vocabulary of works in three dimensions, including hollow boxes, stacks and progressions made with metals and plastics by commercial fabricators; and continuing through his extensive engagement with color during the last decade of his life. This richly illustrated catalog takes a close look at Judd's achievements, and, using newly available archival materials at the Judd Foundation and elsewhere, expands scholarly perspectives on his work. The essays address subjects such as his early beginnings in painting, the fabrication of his sculptures, his site-specific pieces and his work in design and architecture. Donald Judd (1928-94) began his professional career working as a painter while studying art history and writing art criticism. One of the foremost sculptors of our time, Judd refused this designation and other attempts to label his art: his revolutionary approach to form, materials, working methods and display went beyond the set of existing terms in midcentury New York. His work, in turn, changed the language of modern sculpture.--Alina Cohen "Artsy"
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That aesthetic synergy between the work of Judd, who died in 1994, and MoMA brings a certain piquancy to the museum's current Judd retrospective, the first anywhere in more than 30 years. The museum has changed--there have been three renovations and expansions since the '70s--and perhaps so, too, has our understanding of Judd's steely, boxy objects.--Editors at ARTnews "ARTnews"
There are endless details for furniture historians and fans alike to eagerly seek out.--Madeline Luckel "Architectural Digest"
Judd's minimalism is the ubiquitous dark design energy of everyday modern life. Always there, even if you never consciously recognize it.--Jerry Saltz "New York Magazine: Vulture"
The first U.S. exhibition of [Judd's] sculptures in more than thirty years. His minimalist forms and surprising use of materials still challenge our perceptions of what indeed might be considered contemporary sculpture.--Ken Scrudato "Blackbook"
Does justice not only to Judd's artworks but to his ambition and his intent.--Tom Teicholz "Forbes: Media"
Judd was committed to abstraction and democracy. His work praises human labor and industrial craftsmanship.--John Yau "Hyperallergic"
While there's admirable integrity in Judd's detailed specifications regarding color, material, process, and exhibition methods, there's also a supreme fussiness and self-importance that touches everything the man ever made. The work wants to argue with whatever qualms you might have about it, and you get the feeling that the work would probably win.--Alina Cohen "Artsy"
Published to accompany the first US retrospective exhibition of Donald Judd's sculpture in more than 30 years, Judd explores the work of a landmark artist who, over the course of his career, developed a material and formal vocabulary that transformed the field of modern sculpture.--Editors "ARTFIXdaily"
an ode to material and spatial transformation--Lance Esplund "Wall Street Journal"
about as close as you can get to a truly immersive Judd encounter.--Emily Farra "Vogue"
When Judd's works are displayed en masse and given enough space, Ms. Temkin argues, it's possible to see the visual power and the extraordinary variety of his work...--Peter Saenger "Wall Street Journal"
Works by Judd are almost routinely beautiful, but coldly and even imperiously so, as if their quality were none of your business.--Peter Schjeldahl "New Yorker"
a comprehensive overview of the divisive artist's grasp on abstraction, space, interpretation and the abolition of illusion.--Helen Holmes "Observer New Review"
There couldn't be a better time to revisit an artist who doggedly confronted form, presence, and politics, both on the page and in 'real space.--Aria Dean "Artforum"
[Judd's] art, once thought to be too severe to be beautiful, can now be seen to offer pleasures, visual and conceptual, that any audience with open eyes can relate too...--Holland Cotter "New York Times"
Bright, beautiful, clear, and succinct.--Elizabeth Buhe "Brooklyn Rail"
The jacked-up speed of current cultural consumption had made the challenges his work presents more urgent than ever.--Kenneth Baker "Art Newspaper"