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PRINT November 1976

books

Seeing Through the Boxes

Donald Judd: Complete Writings 1959–1975 (Halifax, Nova Scotia: The Press of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, 1975), 229 pages.

Donald Judd, a catalogue of the exhibition at the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, and a catalogue raisonné, essay by Roberta Smith (Ottawa: The National Gallery of Canada for the Corporation of the National Museums of Canada, 1975), 320 pages.

THESE TWO BOOKS (A COMPLETE catalogue and the complete writings) are, in effect, a semicompact way of increasing the importance of an oeuvre with immense amounts of supporting material reclaimed from a highly defined milieu. They both wrap up and codify a certain state of mind which represents a prevailing ideology of 1960s American art.

One difficulty with the catalogue is that one cannot name a work by Judd; he does not give them titles. (Untitled doesn’t help.) There is no way of distinguishing one work from

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