PRINT Summer 1994

Paula Cooper

DONALD JUDD WAS A FRIEND, neighbor, fellow parent, and artist with whom I worked and whom I greatly admired and respected. His work is the essence of his mind and character, but his persona was not so clearly definable: many misread his bluntness as arrogance, others believed his crystalline esthetic alone informed his every move. Not so.

Over twenty-five years of contact with Don, I saw many facets of his personality: generosity, crankiness, an old-fashioned kind of innocence, wryness, determination, and especially an energy that was vital and life-affirming. His curiosity was insatiable, whether the subject at hand was Native American history, the origins of language, or the food before us. Though we didn’t agree about everything, he offered solid thoughts about the indivisibility of life, the wholeness and oneness of the land, and the notion of stewardship—an obligation to care for what

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