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Havana Biennial 2019: Constructing the Possible Ocula Report Havana Biennial 2019: Constructing the Possible 17 Apr 2019 : Federica Bueti for Ocula

I first visited Havana in November 2016, a few days after Fidel Castro died, and just under a year before Hurricane Irma hit Cuba in September 2017. Since then, much has changed, including the hand-painted signs that punctuate the journey from the airport to the city centre, which today do not celebrate the revolution so much as the 'Unidad y...

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Andrew Stahl and Guo Xiaohui Ocula Conversation Andrew Stahl and Guo Xiaohui

The exhibition Beyond Boundaries at Somerset House in London (12 March–2 April 2019) marked the historic contributions of the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing (CAFA) and the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, on the occasion of their 100th and 150th anniversaries, respectively. Spread across several rooms of Somerset House's...

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The National 2019: New Australian Art Ocula Report The National 2019: New Australian Art 13 Apr 2019 : Elyse Goldfinch for Ocula

The National 2019: New Australian Art features work by 70 contemporary Australia-based artists split across three venues: the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW), Carriageworks, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) (29 March–21 July 2019), as curated by Isobel Parker Philip, curator of photographs at AGNSW; Daniel Mudie Cunningham,...

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Donald Judd

(1928 - 1994), USA

Donald Judd was a highly regarded American sculptor and critic. Born in Missouri, Judd moved to New York where he attended the Art Students League before completing graduate studies in art history at Columbia University. Through his practice and writing, Judd had a significant influence on the course of late 20th century sculpture and although he strongly rejected the term, he became a representative of the Minimalist art movement.

Arguably one of the most important American post-war artists, Judd created works that aimed for clarity and autonomy. Working mainly with industrial materials such as Plexiglass, metal, and plywood, Judd demonstrated a fundamental interest in the formal properties of colour, material, form, and space. Pertinent to his practice was a consideration of how a sculpture could exist in a space and how viewers could navigate around them. In doing this, Judd engaged the viewer, making them more aware of their bodies and the way in which they inhabit different spaces, be they public or private. Judd described his own works as 'the simple expression of complex thought.'

Judd’s work is held in many major collections, including the Tate Modern and Tate Britain, London; the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C.; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; and the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art. Judd’s 1964 essay Specific Objects cemented him as the leading artist and theorist of the Minimalist movement, despite his objections to what he deemed a generalised label.

Featured Artworks

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Untitled by Donald Judd contemporary artwork Donald JuddUntitled, 1991 Clear anodized aluminium and green acrylic sheet
9 7/8 x 39 3/8 x 9 7/8 inches
David Zwirner
Untitled by Donald Judd contemporary artwork Donald JuddUntitled, 1990 Woodcut on Japanese wove paper
60 x 80 cm
Galerie nächst St. Stephan Rosemarie Schwarzwälder
Untitled (89-47 Lascaux) by Donald Judd contemporary artwork Donald JuddUntitled (89-47 Lascaux), 1989 Painted aluminum
30 x 120 cm
Tina Kim Gallery
Untitled by Donald Judd contemporary artwork Donald JuddUntitled, 1987 Anodized Aluminum
12.7 x 101.6 cm
Tina Kim Gallery
Untitled (90-7 Bernstein) by Donald Judd contemporary artwork Donald JuddUntitled (90-7 Bernstein), 1990 Red anodized aluminum with transparent plexiglas
15.2 x 68.6 cm
Tina Kim Gallery
Untitled (89-9 Bernstein) by Donald Judd contemporary artwork Donald JuddUntitled (89-9 Bernstein), 1989 Green anodized aluminum
15.2 x 68.6 cm
Tina Kim Gallery
Bookshelf #60 by Donald Judd contemporary artwork Donald JuddBookshelf #60 Painted metal
100 x 100 x 50 cm
Almine Rech
Working Papers: Donald Judd Drawings by Donald Judd contemporary artwork Donald JuddWorking Papers: Donald Judd Drawings, 1963-1993 Installation view, Sprüth Magers London
Sprüth Magers

Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Flavin, Judd, McCracken, Sandback at David Zwirner, Hong Kong
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15 November–21 December 2018 Group Exhibition Flavin, Judd, McCracken, Sandback David Zwirner, Hong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, A Luta Continua at Hauser & Wirth, New York
Closed
26 April–27 July 2018 Group Exhibition A Luta Continua Hauser & Wirth, 22nd Street, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Donald Judd, Craig Kauffman, Robert Morris, Crossroads: Kauffman, Judd and Morris at Sprüth Magers, London
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19 January–31 March 2018 Donald Judd, Craig Kauffman, Robert Morris Crossroads: Kauffman, Judd and Morris Sprüth Magers, London

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Brutalist sculpture is the star act at this exhibition in Brussels Related Press Brutalist sculpture is the star act at this exhibition in Brussels Wallpaper* : 10 May 2018

'I have a strong credo that an exhibition must embody real objects,' says curator Matthieu Poirier prefacing a walkthrough of The Brutal Play, in which works from Carl Andre, Donald Judd and Robert Morris occupy the Fondation CAB in Brussels. 'These objects remind the viewers of their own bodies.'

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Donald Judd and Kazimir Malevich square off at Galerie Gmurzynska’s new Zurich space Related Press Donald Judd and Kazimir Malevich square off at Galerie Gmurzynska’s new Zurich space Wallpaper* : 26 June 2017

In 1994, Donald Judd was preparing for The Moscow Installation, an exhibition with Kazimir Malevich that would be the first to align the work of the two titans of 20th-century art. 'I would love it but what would Malevich say?' Judd had said when Galerie Gmurzynska had proposed the idea. Sadly, Judd passed away before the exhibition opened and now...

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Turns out the American Dream is more of a nightmare Related Press Turns out the American Dream is more of a nightmare Apollo Magazine : 23 March 2017

The entrance hall to the Sainsbury Exhibitions Gallery at the British Museum is blood-red, and covered in Andy Warhol's psychedelic screenprints of Marilyn Monroe's face.It's a punchy start to the exhibition, The American Dream: Pop to the Present.

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Artist’s toolbox: Donald Judd’s writings reveal a whole new layer of meaning to his work Related Press Artist’s toolbox: Donald Judd’s writings reveal a whole new layer of meaning to his work Wallpaper* : 8 February 2017

During his lifetime, Donald Judd (1928–1994) compiled four major collections of his writings. These volumes, which include his gallery reviews, book reviews, essays, articles, statements and reports have until now been considered the artist's written work in its entirety. But a new collection, Donald Judd Writings, containing previously unpublished...

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A Luta Continua. The Sylvio Perlstein Collection Related Video & Audio A Luta Continua. The Sylvio Perlstein Collection Hauser & Wirth : 8 May 2018

Unfolding across all three floors of Hauser & Wirth New York, 22nd Street, A Luta Continua is the first United States presentation of the Sylvio Perlstein Collection. Curated by David Rosenberg, the exhibition presents more than 360 works by some 250 artists. Among these are Josef Albers, Carl Andre, Diane Arbus, Hans Bellmer, André Breton,...

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