Donald Judd - Edition Schellmann: Fifty Are Better Than One London Thursday, June 6, 2019 | Phillips

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  • Literature

    Jörg Schellmann 298-301
    Jörg Schellmann, ed., Forty Are Better Than One, Munich/New York, 2009, pp. 178-179

  • Artist Biography

    Donald Judd

    American • 1928 - 1994

    Donald Judd came to critical acclaim in the 1960s with his 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. Though associated with the minimalist movement, Judd did not wish to confine his practice to this categorization.


    Inspired by architecture, the artist also designed and produced his own furniture, predominantly in wood, and eventually hired a diverse team of carpenters late in his career.

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The complete set of four woodcuts printed in black, orange, yellow and ultramarine blue, on Japanese paper, the full sheets, each with an oil paint stripe on the glass of the original galvanized iron frames.
all S. 59.9 x 80 cm (23 5/8 x 31 1/2 in.)
framed 61 x 81 x 2.5 cm (24 x 31 7/8 x 7/8 in.)

All with the Judd Estate inkstamp and numbered 'AP 7/10' in pencil on the reverse of the sheet, also numbered in black ink on the reverse of the frames (an artist's proof set aside from the edition of 25), published by Edition Schellmann, Cologne and New York.

£40,000 - 60,000 

Sold for £93,750

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Edition Schellmann: Fifty Are Better Than One

London Auction 6 June 2019