Six notable works by Donald Judd

Gallery doors are beginning to re-open and the MoMA’s Donald Judd Retrospective is also offering a virtual viewing. In light of the web-friendly exhibition, we take the opportunity to highlight six notable works by the minimalist superstar.

Words Adam Bryce

Untitled (1980), is the largest single plywood work by Donald Judd. New York’s Gagosian Gallery will present the installation by appointment as it re-opens under strict appointment-only conditions. This will be the first time the work has been exhibited in New York since it was originally on show at Castelli Gallery in 1981.

Most widely known as Judd’s Cubes, 15 concrete works run along the border of Judd’s Chinati property in Marfa, Texas. The first works to be installed on the site that houses the The Chinati Foundation, a contemporary art museum, they were cast and assembled on the site from 1980 through 1984.

Untitled (1960), was the last painted work by Judd before the he shifted mediums to sculpture. Albeit it in oil paint, as opposed to his better-known 3D works, Judd’s minimalist aesthetic is ever apparent.

One of Judd’s large-scale, multi-coloured works, Untitled (1991), comes with controversy. The work was conceived by Judd but fabricated by Swiss furniture manufacturer, Lehni but the lack of the artist’s hand in its finish it still a questioned by art critics. 

The 80s saw Judd work prolifically at his newly acquired land in Marfa, Texas and between 1982 – 1986, 100 Untitled Works in Mill Aluminum was created. Originally 25 pieces, Judd finally developed a concept with 100 shimmering cubes which he distributed in two former gunsheds on the property.

Marfa, Texas. Judd famously moved to Marfa in an effort to bring authenticity to the art world. He spent considerable time there in the 70s before buying a property in 1979 and establishing the Judd Foundation. To this day, Marfa is known the world over as a must-see place for any art lover. Pictured is the winter bedroom of Judd’s first Marfa compound which included two airplane hangars and his residence.


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