Donald Judd - New Now London Wednesday, July 15, 2020 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Lehni, Dübendorf
    Acquired from the above by the present owner in 2008

  • Exhibited

    Rotterdam, Museum Boymans-van Beuningen; Munich, Villa Stuck, Donald Judd Furniture Retrospective, 25 April - 3 October 1993, no. 60, pp. 61, 123 (another example exhibited and illustrated, p.61)
    Birmingham, Ikon Gallery, Donald Judd: A good chair is a good chair, 21 September — 14 November 2010 (another example exhibited)

  • Literature

    Schellmann Furniture, Artists' Furniture, Munich, 2011, n.p. (another example 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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Shelf No. 14 (Bookshelf)

stamped 'DONALD JUDD SWISSMADE BY LEHNI 14/2008 109' on the underside of the lower shelf
power-coated aluminium
100 x 100 x 50 cm (39 3/8 x 39 3/8 x 19 5/8 in.)
Designed in 1984 and executed in 2008.

£5,000 - 7,000 

Sold for £8,125

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London Auction 15 July 2020