One of the foremost artists of the second half of the twentieth century, whose work continues to impact contemporary practice, the writings of Donald Judd remain as significant today as in the first decades of his career. Judd Foundation seeks to contribute to the understanding of all aspects of his practice in making these writings accessible through publications.
Donald Judd Writings
In November 2016, Judd Foundation co-published Donald Judd Writings, a new collection of Judd’s writings spanning from 1958 to 1993. This publication includes Judd’s most well-known essays, such as “Specific Objects” and “Complaints I and II,” as well as little-known essays previously published in limited editions. Moreover, to provide readers with the context and breadth of his life’s work and thinking, this new collection includes three unpublished college essays and hundreds of never-before-seen notes, an important and unknown part of Judd’s writing practice.
Judd’s earliest published writing defined the terms of art criticism in the 1960s and continues to serve as a primary source of his early thinking. Judd’s subsequent writings are no less significant, though they appeared in very small editions and are almost entirely unavailable at present.
Donald Judd Writings features individual evaluations of many predecessors and peers, essays on his home and studio at 101 Spring Street in New York, and his decision to establish his two foundations. The path-breaking essay, “Some Aspects of Color and Red and Black in Particular,” and the polemical essay, “Una Stanza Per Panza,” is joined with hundreds of selections from Judd’s handwritten notes and manuscripts from Judd Foundation Archives, encompassing art, architecture, design, and activism. This publication is the first in a series which will provide a comprehensive look at Judd’s influential work in the fields of art, architecture, design, and writing.
Publication available November 2016.
Published by Judd Foundation and David Zwirner Books.
Distributed by Artbook | D.A.P.
9781941701355 U.S. $39.95 CDN $50.00
Donald Judd: Complete Writings 1959-1975
Complete Writings 1959-1975, first published in 1975 by The Press of Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, has been the primary source for Judd’s early writing. Working as an art critic for magazines such as Arts, Arts Magazine, and later Art International, Judd regularly contributed reviews of contemporary art exhibitions between 1959 and 1965, but continued to write throughout his life on a broad range of subjects.
In his reviews and essays, Judd discussed in detail the work of more than 500 artists showing in New York in the early and mid-1960s, and provided a critical account of this significant era of art in America. While addressing the social and political ramifications of art production, the writings frequently addressed the work of artists such as Jackson Pollock, Kazimir Malevich, Barnett Newman, Ad Reinhardt, Lee Bontecou, Yayoi Kusama, John Chamberlain, Dan Flavin, Kenneth Noland, and Claes Oldenburg.
Reprint edition available March 2016.
Published by Judd Foundation.
Distributed by Artbook | D.A.P.
9781938922930 U.S. $45.00 CDN $57.50