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This set of three prints can be seen as a meditation on pure form. Depicting what Judd referred to as the "specific object," each print has what appears to be the same geometric structure. However, upon closer inspection, it becomes clear that Judd's subtle manipulation of lines creates three unique structures. Furthermore, Judd removes the artist's hand entirely to create works that are void of emotion and expression. This eradication of authorship was essential to the minimalist movement as a whole. Of his work, Judd has said: "Well, I am not interested in the kind of expression that you have when you paint a painting with brush strokes. It's all right, but it's already done and I want to do something new.”

Donald Judd (1928 - 1994) was an American artist internationally recognized for his participation in the Minimalist movement. Judd received a degree in philosophy and a master’s in art history from Columbia University under the tutelage of Rudolf Wittkower and Meyer Shapiro. During his time at Columbia he also took night classes at the Art Students League of New York, establishing his connection to the New York art scene early on in his career. He quickly abandoned the abstract expressionist style that had permeated New York in the Post-War Era in favor of the Minimalist aesthetic that he became known for. In 1968, Judd bought a building in New York that would serve as his home, studio, and exhibition space for decades, giving him an escape from the New York art market he grew to dislike.

During his lifetime, major exhibitions of Judd’s work occurred at The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (1968, 1988); The National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa (1975); Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, The Netherlands (1987); and The Saint Louis Art Museum (1991), Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2001); and Tate Modern, London (2004) to name a few. Furthermore, Judd was affiliated with a number of historically significant galleries in the U.S., including the Green Gallery, New York, where he presented a seminal exhibition of his early “specific objects” in 1963; and the Leo Castelli Gallery, New York, which represented the artist from 1965 to 1985. He later had a number of solo exhibitions with Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, and finally with PaceWildenstein, which represented him through the end of his life.

Selected Public Collections:
Tate Modern, London
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
Museum of the Modern Art, New York
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C.

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The seller has recorded the following condition for this lot:
Water Damage or Warping
Area: Margin
Location: Lower right, Lower left
Notes: rippling in lower corners of all three prints (see images provided)
Degree: Moderate

Definition Key
Image The central image area, composition, or focal point; the area inside the margins/plate marks.
Margin Areas bordering the central image, outside the plate marks, or the perimeter area.
Edge The farthest edge of the object.
Verso The reverse/back of the object.

Minor An existing condition which generally does not involve risk of loss.
Moderate Noticeable damage, increasing in severity and/or size; should be monitored or corrected by a conservator.
Major Distinct, recognizable damage; the stability of the work is questionable and risk is a factor. Requires the attention of a conservator.
Extreme Advanced and severe damage; work is insecure and at great risk.

  • Pickup Location: Texas, USA
  • Shipping Dimensions: 40 x 30 in. (101.6 x 76.2 cm.)
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