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Lauretta Vinciarelli, Water Enclosure in Landscape, 1986, watercolor on paper, 22 1⁄8 × 29 7⁄8".

Lauretta Vinciarelli

Judd Foundation | 101 Spring Street

Bringing to light the women artists who lived in the shadow of their more famous male partners is hard. To focus on Lauretta Vinciarelli (1943–2011), we must extricate her legacy from her ten-year relationship with Donald Judd as a professional collaborator, friend, and lover. Between 1978 and 2000, Vinciarelli was a distinguished professor at New York’s Columbia University, where she taught studio courses that questioned the values of modernist architecture through the study of building typologies. The Italian-born artist’s cultural interests were vast, ranging from Greek and Latin literature to classical music and opera. Vinciarelli’s spiritual searching was incredibly catholic, too, imbued by the writings of Saint Augustine and the philosophies of Zen Buddhism. She lived austerely, and we see this in her flawless renderings of incandescent edifices, interiors, and landscapes in watercolor

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