David Zwirner is pleased to present an exhibition of works in Cor-ten steel by Donald Judd, on view at 537 West 20th Street in New York. Organized in collaboration with Judd Foundation and curated by Flavin Judd, the selection will feature a range of forms in this distinctive material, which the artist began to produce in earnest in 1989 and would continue to elaborate on until his death in 1994. The first ever focused examination of Judd's production in Cor-ten steel, this exhibition aims to elucidate this group of significant works and, by extension, Judd's practice overall.
Throughout his career, Judd endeavored to produce objects that were entirely self-referential, writing in 1968, "A shape, a volume, a color, a surface is something itself. It shouldn't be concealed as part of a fairly different whole." Cor-ten afforded Judd a new avenue for exploring many of the fundamental preoccupations of his oeuvre, such as the relationships between surface and volume, as well as color and form.
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Donald Judd: Cor-ten represents the first-ever focused examination of Judd’s works in Cor-ten steel, which he began to produce in earnest in 1989 and would continue to elaborate on until his death in 1994. Cor-ten is an alloy that makes steel more resistant to corrosion, and eliminates the need for paint. With its distinctive red-brown patina, Cor-ten afforded Judd a new medium for exploring the relationship between surface and volume, as well as color and form. Prior to 1989, Judd executed a handful of works in Cor-ten primarily as outdoor commissions or site-specific works. This volume is produced on the occasion of the 2015 exhibition at David Zwirner, New York. Designed in close collaboration with Flavin Judd and Judd Foundation, Donald Judd: Cor-ten sheds new light on a body of work that represents the culmination of three decades of aesthetic output and underscores the mastery and control over material and space that characterizes Judd’s practice as a whole.