Donald Judd

1928–1994

Donald Judd, ‘Untitled’ 1980
Untitled 1980
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Thomas Joshua Cooper, ‘Ritual Object (Message to Donald Judd and Richard Serra), Derbyshire’ 1975
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Ritual Object (Message to Donald Judd and Richard Serra), Derbyshire 1975
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Donald Judd (June 3, 1928 – February 12, 1994) was an American artist associated with minimalism (a term he nonetheless stridently disavowed). In his work, Judd sought autonomy and clarity for the constructed object and the space created by it, ultimately achieving a rigorously democratic presentation without compositional hierarchy. It created an outpouring of seemingly effervescent works that defied the term "minimalism". Nevertheless, he is generally considered the leading international exponent of "minimalism," and its most important theoretician through such seminal writings as "Specific Objects" (1964).

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