Donald Judd - Design New York Tuesday, December 16, 2014 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Judd Furniture, New York
    David Gill, London, acquired from the above, 1990
    Christie's, New York, "Important 20th Century Design," June 7, 1996, lot 150
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Literature

    Museum Boymans-Van Beuningen, Donald Judd Furniture Retrospective, Rotterdam, 1993, p. 52, fig. 45 for the chair, p. 58, fig. 56 for the desk
    Barbara Bloemink and Joseph Cunningham, Design ≠ Art, Functional Objects From Donald Judd to Rachel Whiteread, exh. cat., Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, New York, 2004, p. 153, fig. 140 for a similar example

  • 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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"Desk #56" and "Chair #45"

Traffic Black/RAL 9017 painted aluminum.
Table: 29 1/2 x 39 1/4 x 39 1/4 in. (74.9 x 99.7 x 99.7 cm); chair 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. Desk number 12 from the Janssen edition. Impressed with DJ 12 90. Chair number 17 from the Janssen edition. Impressed with DJ 17 90.

$15,000 - 20,000 

Sold for $32,500

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New York Auction 17 December 2014 11am