David Zwirner is pleased to present an exhibition of works by Donald Judd (1928-1994). This is the first gallery presentation of this seminal artist in London in nearly fifteen years and the first significant exhibition of Judd's work in the U.K. since his 2004 retrospective at Tate Modern, London. From the early 1960s up until the time of his death, Judd developed a rigorous visual vocabulary that sought clear and definite objects as its primary mode of articulation. Together, the works in this exhibition present an overview of many of Judd's signature forms and offer insight into his singular commitment to material, colour, and proportion.
One of the most significant American artists of the postwar period, Judd's oeuvre has come to define what has been referred to as Minimalist art–a label to which the artist strongly objected on the grounds of its generality. In 1965, Judd published his now-canonical treatise "Specific Objects," in which he eschewed the classical ideals of representational painting and sculpture in favour of work that was objective and straightforward and that avoided grand philosophical statements.