minimalism

“After all, the work isn’t the point; the piece is.” – Donald JuddDonald Judd worked with a limited material palette and form in each of his works.  Often, these individual elements were crafted for specific spaces of character so that the geometric objects are enhanced and compliment the landscapes.  The repetition of elements became a staple of Judd’s work as he sought to create unique experiences and moments of discovery as people viewed his art from different vantage points.

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Progressions of objects were common for Judd. This is a series of empty boxes placed on a wall.

Judd began his 3d exploration following an early career in painting and as an art critic. In 1965, Judd published his text “Specific Objects” which became one of the primary pieces of literature for the Minimalism movement of the late 1960s and ’70s.  While at the Chicago Expo it became clear, Due to his son Flavin Judd, that Donald would have never accepted the label as a “minimalist.”  This was evidently due to the thought and craft that went into each work that was certainly anything but minimal.

 

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100 untitled works in mill aluminum, 1982-1986

Working with a variety of industrial, pure materials allowed Judd to explore the experiential effects of objects in space.  In the end, it was not the material itself but the material properties of reflectivity or mass that created the experience.

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Judd and many other similar artists are featured at his museum in Texas called the Chianti Foundation.  Other artists include: Dan Flavin, Carl Andre, Roni Horn, and Ilya Kabakov.

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