Judd provides in-depth research into the revolutionary nature of artist, sculptor and industrial designer, Donald Judd. Delving into the specifics of his industrial materials, fabrication processes, exhibition histories, and activities related to design and architecture.
Referring to himself as a maker of specific objects, Donald Judd had a vast sculptural vocabulary ranging from plywood and organic shapes to crafting straight lines and angles with Plexiglas. As time progressed, his work embraced construction, focusing on materiality. Donald Judd’s sculptures were almost exclusively based on the ‘box form’—a classic symbol of minimalism but complex in experience. These cuboids took on various forms over the years—‘stacks’, which are hung at even intervals from floor to ceiling; ‘progressions’, whose measurements follow simple numerical sequences; curvilinear protrusions from the wall; and box-like forms installed directly on the floor.
“Concise and focused, MoMA’s Judd decidedly places sculpture at the center of his practice, which is too often reduced to minimalism—a term that, much like sculpture, he resisted. From early paintings executed in the early 1960s to the untitled metallic sculptures for which he is most often associated, the exhibition emphasizes the artist’s predilection for experimentation, highlighting the various ways through which he used form, materials, and surrounding environments to reshape traditional artistic practices.”
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