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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Donald Judd

Donald Judd (1928-1994) was an American artist and designer known for his minimalist work, although he eschewed that term. After serving in the U. S. Army in Korea, he attended The College of William and Mary, as well as the Art Students League and Columbia University, where he received a degree in philosophy in 1953.

He worked for ARTnews, Arts Magazine and Art International as an art critic for a decade, leaving as part of his legacy a number of theoretical writings on art and exhibition practices.

In the 1960s, Judd began to exhibit regularly in New York, as well as across the United States, Europe and Japan. His work has been shown at the Whitney Museum of American art in New York, The National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, the Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, The Saint Louis Art Museum, The Museum of Modern Art in Saitama, Japan, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, and the Tate Modern in London, among others.

He received grants and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Swedish Institute, and the John Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. He moved to Marfa, Texas, in the 1970s, where he founded the Chinati Foundation on the site of the former Fort D.A. Russell. According to the Foundation's mission statement and history, the specific intention of Chinati is to preserve and present to the public permanent large-scale installations by a limited number of artists.

From and

Untitled woodblock print

Untitled woodcut and oil on paper

Untitled works in milled aluminum at the Chinati

Bookshelf #34

Standing writing desk


Desk set #33

Corner bench


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    1. I think they're very masculine...and such a perfect example of minimalism.

  2. The desks are lovely, but I kept returning to the Chinati photo.

    1. We were in Marfa several months ago on vacation, and the Chinati Foundation property is beautiful.

  3. Beautiful work! I lived in Texas for 3 years while growing up. It would have been about the time that Marfa was being turned into an art 'outpost.' Would love to go there.:)

    1. We stayed a couple of nights in Alpine, spent an afternoon in Marfa and stayed to see the Marfa Lights. Then we spent a couple of days in Big Bend. It would be a great trip for you to take.

  4. I understand that the design of Judds furniture was dictated by the availability of materials in Marfa. He has sheets of plywood, 2x4, 2x2 lumber and hand tools, which accounts for the minimal, linear design of the pieces