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Donald Judd
American, 1928–1994



Object Type: Print
30 in. x 34 7/8 in. (76.2 cm x 88.58 cm)
Medium and Support: Etching on paper
Accession Number: 1980.0003.0002

Credit Line: Gift of Mr. Michael Pizitz
Copyright: © Judd Foundation. Licensed by ARS, New York, NY

In the mid-1960s Judd became one of the key figures of the Minimalist art movement. Through his writings and his art he proposed that art could be logical, direct, and unemotional, a contrast to the Abstract Expressionists, whose work was laden with emotional content. Instead, Judd wrote, "A shape, a volume, a color, a surface is something itself. It shouldn't be concealed as part of a fairly different whole."
Through austere and reductive forms seen in both his sculptures and in simple drawings and etchings, Judd presented box-like forms in a neutral way that avoids any symbolic associations. Instead, he sees his forms as either a part of a mathematical sequence or a meditation on mass and voids, tranquility and motion, and illusion and reality. Demonstrating these ideas, Judd created a portfolio of prints including Untitled, 1978. Although Judd made this work in the 1970s it closely aligns with the ideas he explored in sculptures and other works beginning in the 1960s.

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