Donald Judd 1928-1994
ten elements: 27 x 24 x 6 in. each box
| In the 1960s, Donald Judd began to create art that
used "real materials in real space." He created objects that occupied
three-dimensional space and rejected illusionism. This style of art
was called Minimalism. During this time,
he created geometric shapes that stood
out from the wall and eventually moved to freestanding works on the
floor. He considered himself a painter but not a sculptor. Untitled
is an example of the "progression" or "stack" work considered to be
Judd's trademark. This piece hangs cantilevered
from the wall. His work is almost mathematically precise but he claims
his geometric series mean nothing to him in terms of mathematics.
He is impatient with critics who claim that his works and those of
other Minimal artists have no meaning. He claims he does not attempt
to deliver his own political or social messages, but insists his goal
is to focus on the space occupied and created by his objects--their
purity of form. In the work Untitled Judd challenges the viewer
to reconsider the concepts of boredom, monotony, and repetition.
Another Minimalist at the Walker
Art Center: Sol LeWitt, Three x Four x Three, 1984, white
enamel on aluminum, 169 x 169 1/2 x 169 1/2 in.WAC
shapes extending outward over space.
with regular contours, and straight edges such as squares, triangles,
style of art in which the least possible amount of form shapes,
colors, or lines are used to reduce the concept or idea to its simplest
form (geometric shapes, progressions).
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