New York

Group Show

Castelli Gallery | Uptown

The group show which opened Castelli’s season had rather more to it than most such. Several of the artists broke out new works of much more than routine interest.

Early this fall, Donald Judd had at Castelli a piece that was an elegant comment on the column. A series of stacked boxes attached to the wall, its elements reached from floor to ceiling but touched neither, nor each other; they hovered. Structurally this was no column at all. It could bear no more weight than the middle of a well. But visually the piece was a column indeed, firmly organizing space vertically, its elements like formalized, suspended drums reminding us that, though they hardly support the top of the page, newspaper columns are as genuine as Greek ones.

From the column, Judd turns, in the current group show, to the beam. Also against the wall, this piece is a long brass rail beneath which occur interrupted sections

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