New York

Design ≠ Art

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
2 East 91st Street
September 10–February 20

It has become almost rote to pronounce a blurring of the line between art and design. Artists who have dabbled in both disciplines have, however, felt the need to delineate boundaries. “The intent of art is different from that of [design], which must be functional,” Donald Judd said. “A work of art exists as itself, a chair exists as a chair itself.” The washroom sink that Judd designed for his home is on view here among sixty-nine functional objects by eighteen other luminaries of minimalist aesthetics, from John Chamberlain’s table made of car parts to Rachel Whiteread’s daybed formed from the casts of negative space around a bed. It’s form following function, albeit not without a detour or two.