anodized aluminium and transparent blue plexiglass
25 x 100 x 25 cm (9 7/8 x 39 3/8 x 9 7/8 in)
Engraved 'DONALD JUDD 91-149 ALUMINUM AG MENZIKEN' on the reverse.
£250,000 - 350,000
Sold for £337,250
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Provenance Galerie Philomene Magers, Cologne
Exhibited Madrid, Galería Javier López, Donald Judd, 12 November 1998 - 31 January 1999
"A simple box is really a complicated thing.” Donald Judd
"It isn’t necessary for a work to have a lot of things to look at, to compare, to analyse one by one, to contemplate. The thing as a whole, its quality as a whole, is what is interesting. The main things are alone and are more intense, clear and powerful. They are not diluted by an inherited format, variations of a form, mild contrasts and connecting parts and areas.” (Donald Judd, ‘Specific Objects’, 1964. Arts Yearbook 8 , p. 94; reprinted in Thomas Kellein, Donald Judd: Early Works 1955–1968, exh. cat., New York: D.A.P., 2002)
Space and colour, working both together and in isolation, are at the heart of Judd’s oeuvre. In Untitled(91-149 Menziken), he uses industrial materials – tinted Plexiglas and brushed aluminium – to construct a coloured space comprising two unequal rectangular expanses of pale blue within a silvery rectangular frame. The result is a ‘specific object’ – a coherent totality much greater than the sum of its parts, embodying an almost metaphysical relationship between its elements of space and colour, metal and plastic. Judd, noted for his ability to divide forms, further heightens the tension between the open and closed volumes with the inclusion of an enclosed, partly hidden space –a motif he has often returned to. Through this resonant play on negative and positive, Judd produces space that is “intrinsically more powerful and specific than paint on a flat surface” (Judd, ‘Specific Objects’, 1964).