Donald Judd - Design New York Monday, December 16, 2013 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Private collection, London

  • Literature

    Donald Judd, Donald Judd Furniture Retrospective, exh. cat., Museum Boymans-van Beuningen, Rotterdam, 1993, p. 53
    Donald Judd A good chair is a good chair, exh. cat., Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, UK, & Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, Germany, 2010, throughout for similar examples

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present lot is one of approximately 29 “Corner Chairs” produced during Donald Judd’s lifetime and one of only two in Trafc Yellow.

  • 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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"Corner Chair #46," 1990

Traffic Yellow enameled aluminum.
29 1/2 x 19 3/4 x 19 3/4 in. (74.9 x 50.2 x 50.2 cm)
Manufactured by Janssen C.V., the Netherlands. The underside of one shelf impressed with DJ 11 90.

$25,000 - 35,000 

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New York 17 December 2013 2pm