Donald Judd - Contemporary Art Part II New York Thursday, May 12, 2011 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Published by Edition Schellmann, Munich and New York; Sale: New York, Phillips de Pury & Company, Contemporary Art Part II, November 14, 2008, Lot 335; Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Literature

    M.J. Jitta and J. Schellmann, eds., Donald Judd: Prints and Works in Edition, New York 1996, pp. 136 - 143 (illustrated)

  • Artist Biography

    Donald Judd

    American • 1928 - 1994

    Donald Judd came to critical acclaim in the 1960s with his deceptively simple, yet revolutionary, three-dimensional floor and wall objects made from new industrial materials, such as anodized aluminum, plywood and Plexiglas, which had no precedent in the visual arts. His oeuvre is characterized by the central constitutive elements of color, material, and space. Rejecting the illusionism of painting and seeking an aesthetic freed from metaphorical associations, Judd sought to explore the relationship between art object, viewer, and surrounding space with his so-called "specific objects." From the outset of his three-decade-long career, Judd delegated the fabrication to specialized technicians, eschewing any trace of the artist’s hand. Though associated with the minimalist movement, Judd rejected the term and did not wish to confine his practice to this categorization. 

    After moving to Marfa in 1972, he began drawing plans for the Chinati Foundation, an exhibition space which opened in 1986 to showcase his objects as well as the work of other contemporary artists and is still operating today. In 2020, his revolutionary career was celebrated in a major retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. 

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Anodized aluminum.
5 7/8 x 41 1/3 x 5 7/8 in. (14.9 x 105 x 14.9 cm.)
Engraved with signature and date “Don Judd 1991” and numbered of 12 on a plaque affixed to the underside. This work is from an edition of 12.

$50,000 - 70,000 

Contemporary Art Part II

13 May 2011
New York