An untitled sculpture by Donald Judd, dated 1991.

Judd

Museum of Modern Art, New York
March 1–July 11, 2020

The Museum of Modern Art, New York, presents the first US retrospective in thirty years of the work of Donald Judd. Organized by Ann Temkin, The Marie-Josée and Henry Kravis Chief Curator of Painting and Sculpture; and Yasmil Raymond, Associate Curator; with Tamar Margalit, Curatorial Assistant; and Erica Cooke, Research Fellow, Department of Painting and Sculpture, MoMA, the exhibition will explore the work of the celebrated artist who aimed to create straightforward pieces that could assume a direct, material, and physical presence, without recourse to grand philosophical statements. Judd eschewed the classical ideals of representational sculpture in favor of creating a rigorous visual vocabulary that sought clear and definite objects as its primary mode of articulation. Presented solely at MoMA, this retrospective includes some sixty works of sculpture, painting, and drawing, from public and private collections in the US and abroad.

Half a century after Judd established himself as a leading figure of his time, there remains a great deal to discover, Temkin says. "MoMA’s presentation will emphasize the radicality of his approach to art-making and the visual complexity of his work." The exhibition will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalog, featuring essays examining subjects fundamental to Judd’s work and thinking, including methods of fabrication, his early paintings and sketchbooks, his relationship with museums, his interest in site-specific work, and his activities in the realms of design and architecture.

The exhibition was announced in ARTNEWS.

Opening on April 18, David Zwirner is pleased to announce Artworks: 1970–1994, curated by Flavin Judd, artistic director of Judd Foundation, on view across all three of the gallery’s West 19th Street locations in New York. Presented concurrently with The Museum of Modern Art’s full-scale retrospective, this exhibition will complement the museum’s presentation by focusing on a selection of works within Judd’s oeuvre. Rigorously experimental, Judd would often challenge his own axioms—altering his materials, sequencing, and formats in pursuit of his notion of the “specific object.” Exceptional, but in line with Judd’s thinking about material, proportion, and color, the included works range from expansive installations to self-contained single units, thus yielding valuable new insight into Judd’s process and his masterful approach to form. As the artist himself described it in 1987, “I’m very meticulous about the logic of my pieces. But you should only consider logic up to a certain point, because, after all, all the interesting stuff is something else.”

On the occasion of the exhibition, an extensive catalogue featuring new texts on the artist is forthcoming from David Zwirner Books.

Published by Judd Foundation and David Zwirner Books in 2019, Donald Judd Interviews presents sixty interviews with the artist over the course of four decades and is the first compilation of its kind. It is the companion volume to the critically acclaimed and bestselling Donald Judd Writings.

Image: Donald Judd, untitled, 1991. Photo by John Wronn. © 2020 Judd Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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