PRINT Summer 1971

An Interview with Don Judd

“I Am Interested In Static Visual Art And Hate Imitation Of Movement.”

JOHN COPLANS: On what basis did you formulate your early work?

DON JUDD: Two things: the public situation and my own situation. Through most of the ’50s the dominant style was very loose painting—it was all Abstract Expressionist painting, so there was almost no idea for art that wasn’t very sloshy and organic. The idea of geometric painting was a very rare thing, so the few people who worked that way weren’t the ones that were most regarded, like Barnett Newman or Ad Reinhardt. On my side the person that impressed me most was Jackson Pollock, and though I never really got close to working like Pollock, I was far from being interested in the geometric artists and very suspicious, very uninterested and very wary of the style. I always liked Mondrian, and I liked Frank Stella’s black paintings when I saw them. But, on the

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