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Moon had made a number of sculptures in the early 1960s. The yellow and black bars which criss-cross the white ground in Untitled [8/71] point to Moon’s interest in minimalism. An exhibition of work by the American sculptor Donald Judd at the Whitechapel in 1970 may have been a particular source of inspiration. Although Moon’s shaped canvases blur the distinctions between sculpture and painting, the artist was always eager to assert the pictorial qualities of his works.

September 2016