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  • Provenance

    Galerie Aronowitsch, Stockholm

  • Catalogue Essay

    Color as knowledge is very durable.  I find it difficult, maybe impossible, to forget.  A considerable effort in the painted sheet aluminum work that I made was to forget the colors and their combinations that I had liked and used in my first paintings, those in turn sometimes derived from Mondrian, Léger or Matisse or earlier European painters.  Newman of course faced this definition and durability when he painted the three paintings he called Who’s Afraid of Red, Yellow and Blue.  He didn’t go so far as to challenge red, yellow, blue and white.  Mondrian’s colors are one of the facts and wonders of the world; there aren’t seven anymore.  Perhaps if the four colors were equal in extent they would no longer belong to Mondrian.  The preponderance of white to the bright colors is of course the determining ratio.
    Donald Judd, “Some Aspects of Color in General and Red and Black in Particular,” Donald Judd, London, 2004, p. 152

  • 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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Untitled (87-23 STUDER AG)

1987
Painted aluminum.
11 7/8 x 59 1/2 x 11 7/8 in. (30 x 151 x 30 cm).
Stamped "DON JUDD 87-23 STUDER AG" on the reverse.

Estimate
$600,000 - 800,000 

Contemporary Art Part I

13 Nov 2008, 7pm
New York