Thursday, 25 December 2014

Donald Judd

"Half or more of the best new work in the last few years has been neither painting nor sculpture."

This is the start of Donald Judd's essay "Specific Objects" (Arts Yearbook, no 8, 1965) This essay is considered a Minimalist Manifesto by many although Judd himself would disagree with both this term and the description. It nevertheless deals with Judd's discipled stance on a number of issues and is as such highly recommended reading.

Donald Clarence Judd

(June 3, 1928 – February 12, 1994) was an American artist associated with minimalism (a term he nonetheless stridently disavowed).[1][2] In his work, Judd sought autonomy and clarity for the constructed object and the space created by it, ultimately achieving a rigorously democratic presentation without compositional hierarchy. It created an outpouring of seemingly effervescent works that defied the term "minimalism". Nevertheless, he is generally considered the leading international exponent of "minimalism," and its most important theoretician through such seminal writings as "Specific Objects" (1964).

The prime source for anything relating to Donald Judd's work and writing (including the famous essay 'Specific Objects') is The Judd Foundation, their website is:

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