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    Jörg Schellmann 187-192

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    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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PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE RHINELAND COLLECTION

60

Untitled

1988-90
The complete set of six woodcuts in yellows, on Tosa Hanga paper, the full sheets.
three I. 40 x 60 cm (15 3/4 x 23 5/8 in.)
all S. 60 x 80 cm (23 5/8 x 31 1/2 in.)

All signed and numbered 'PP 3/4' in pencil on the reverse (a printer's proof set, the edition was 25 in Arabic numerals, 15 in Roman numerals and 10 artist's proofs), co-published by Brooke Alexander Editions, New York and Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne, all unframed.

Estimate
£40,000 - 60,000 

Sold for £68,750

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London Auction 25 January 2018