Donald Judd

Donald Judd


By (author) David Raskin


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  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Format: Hardback | 220 pages
  • Dimensions: 228mm x 278mm x 24mm | 1,202g
  • Publication date: 23 November 2010
  • Publication City/Country: New Haven
  • ISBN 10: 0300162766
  • ISBN 13: 9780300162769
  • Illustrations note: 10 b/w + 110 color illus.
  • Sales rank: 289,981

Product description

This pioneering book, the first monograph devoted to Donald Judd, addresses the whole breadth of Judd's practices. Drawing on documents found in nearly twenty archives, David Raskin explains why some of Judd's works of art seem startlingly ephemeral while others remain insistently physical. In the process of answering this previously perplexing question, Raskin traces Judd's principles from his beginnings as an art critic through his fabulous installations and designs in Marfa, Texas. He discusses Judd's early important paintings and idiosyncratic red objects, as well as the three-dimensional works that are celebrated throughout the world. He also examines Judd's commitment to empirical values and his political activism, and concludes by considering the importance of Judd's example for recent art. Ultimately, Raskin develops a picture of Judd as never before seen: he shows us an artist who asserted his individuality with spare designs; who found spiritual values in plywood, Plexiglas, and industrial production; who refused to distinguish between thinking and feeling while asserting that science marked the limits of knowledge; who claimed that his art provided intuitions of morality but not a specific set of tenets; and who worked for political causes that were neither left nor right.

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Author information

David Raskin is professor of Art History, Theory, and Criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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"The book explores Judd's history, politics, and biography in a way that is both fascinating and dense, approachable and abstract-echoing the strangely affecting nature of the work itself." -Cindy Widner, Austin Chronicle -- Cindy Widner Austin Chronicle "Raskin's monograph is a dense critical commentary on an artist whose work is due for precisely this kind of revisiting."-G. R. Brown, CHOICE -- G. R. Brown CHOICE "[A] must-have... Remarkably, the first major monograph devoted to Judd."-Dyal Blog Dyal Blog "Referencing Judd's writings, interviews, and works as well as those of many art critics, philosophers, scholars, and artists, this generously illustrated book (60 color and 80 monochrome reproductions) featuring creations by Judd and many contemporary artists is well documented, nicely presented, and intellectually stimulating."-Library Journal Library Journal "With this elegant book, Judd's multicolored works receive the thoughtful attention and recognition they deserve."-Publishers Weekly Publishers Weekly