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

    Jörg Schellmann, p. 142 No. 10-12
    Jörg Schellmann, ed., Forty Are Better Than One, Munich/New York, 2009, pp. 168-169

  • Catalogue Essay

    "Proportion is very important to us, both in our minds and lives and as objectified visually, since it is unity and harmony … Proportion is specific and identifiable in art and architecture and creates our space and time. Proportion - and in fact intelligence in art - is instantly understood, at least by some ... You can't exaggerate the importance of proportion. It could almost be the definition of art and architecture."

    - Donald Judd (Jörg Schellmann, ed., Forty Are Better Than One, Munich/New York, 2009, p. 169)

  • 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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Untitled (Folded Meters)

The complete set of three folded stainless steel wall objects.
all 100 x 100 x 1 cm (39 3/8 x 39 3/8 x 3/8 in.)
All incised with artist's surname, date, and each numbered '81-101.46', '81-101.49', and '81-101.43' respectively, with foundry mark 'work executed by Lippincott North Haven Conn' on a metal plate affixed to the reverse, from the edition of 3 (there was also 1 artist's proof), co-published by Edition Schellmann & Klüser, Munich and New York, and Maximilian-Verlag, Munich.

£150,000 - 200,000 

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Edition Schellmann: Fifty Are Better Than One

London Auction 6 June 2019