Donald Judd

Castelli Gallery

Don Judd’s two new plywood multiunit works, one cubic, the other rhomboid, are among his largest to date. The taller of the two is 6’5“ high, larger than most people, and as a result, the new work represents a major jump in his internal scale and volumetricity. His usual pattern with floor or wall pieces (that were not stacked or ”Stacks") was to establish their height below or congruent with the average person’s line of sight. This prevented the objects from looking flat against their ground while it stressed their humanness and underplayed their quasi-architectural role.

One of the major challenges presented by Minimal sculpture’s nonanthropomorphic unitariness is its relation to architecture, to which it constantly refers, and with or against which it must function. It is noteworthy that Judd made a piece comprised of concentric, sloping circular units for a show in the Guggenheim Museum

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