View of “Donald Judd,” 2012.

View of “Donald Judd,” 2012.

Donald Judd

Sprüth Magers | London

View of “Donald Judd,” 2012.

Although works on paper were included in Donald Judd’s midcareer surveys at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 1968 and the Pasadena Art Museum in 1971, the artist’s drawings for various Wall Units, Floor Boxes, Stacks, and Progressions have remained largely under the radar for the four decades since then. With pencil or ink, Judd executed spare, lean schematics on paper of various sizes as preparation for his three-dimensional works. In terms of skill, these sheets occupy a middle ground that’s neither virtuosic nor amateurish. Their most idiosyncratic quality is that many were made on yellow architect’s paper.

Because this portion of Judd’s substantial corpus has, for the most part, been out of sight, out of mind, the mistaken impression has been that the Minimalist pioneer merely phoned his fabricators to order his metal structures and objects. “Working Papers: Donald Judd

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