Donald Judd Writings, copublished by Judd Foundation and David Zwirner Books, is the most comprehensive collection of the artist's writings assembled to date. This timely publication includes Judd's best-known essays, organized chronologically with little-known texts previously published in limited editions. This new collection also includes unpublished college essays and hundreds of never-before-seen handwritten notes, a critical but unknown part of Judd's writing practice.
The work of Donald Judd (1928-1994), one of the most significant American artists of the postwar period, has come to define what has been referred to as minimalist art--a label to which the artist strongly objected on the grounds of its generality. The unaffected, straightforward quality of Judd's work demonstrates his strong interest in color, form, material, and space. With the intention of creating work that could assume a direct material and physical "presence" without recourse to grand philosophical statements, he eschewed the classical ideals of representational sculpture to create a rigorous visual vocabulary that sought clear and definite objects as its primary mode of articulation.
Flavin Judd is curator and co-president of Judd Foundation. He is the husband of psychoanalyst Michele Judd, the father of three children, and the son of Donald Judd, whom he assisted in the making of spaces and the installation of art. For Judd Foundation, he oversees art installations, architectural issues, and design efforts (including the recent restoration of 101 Spring Street in New York). His films, art installations, and architectural designs have won awards. Caitlin Murray is director of Marfa programs at Judd Foundation, where she has worked since 2008. She is co-editor of The Present Order: Writings on the Work of Ian Hamilton Finlay (2011). Murray is also co-owner of the Marfa Book Company and an advisory member of Yale Union (YU), a center for contemporary art in Portland, Oregon. Judd Foundation is a nonprofit created to preserve the permanently installed living and working spaces of Donald Judd in New York and Marfa, Texas. The foundation promotes a wider understanding of Judd's artistic legacy by providing access to these spaces and resources and by developing scholarly and educational programs.
"The artist's exacting aesthetic is faithfully served by both the clear presentation and the physical construction of Donald Judd Writings."--Maxwell Donnewald "Pin-Up Board"