This painting has a complex texture, built up with sand and acrylic paint and then brushed with an open, light layer of black. “The lines are real,” Roberta Smith noted, routed into the surface of the wood by Donald Judd’s father, Roy C. Judd.1 The central curvilinear shape appeared elsewhere in Judd’s prints and paintings done at roughly the same time, including untitled, 1961.
1 Roberta Smith, “Donald Judd,” in Donald Judd: Catalogue Raisonné of Paintings, Objects, and Wood-Blocks 1960–1974, ed. Brydon Smith. Exh. cat. (Ottawa: National Gallery of Canada, 1975), 20.
Smith, Brydon, ed. Donald Judd: Catalogue Raisonné of Paintings, Objects, and Wood-Blocks 1960–1974. Exh. cat. Ottawa: National Gallery of Canada, 1975, 18, 20, 107 (DSS cat. no. 26).
Kellein, Thomas. Donald Judd. Early Work 1955–1968. Exh. cat. New York: D.A.P., 2002, 75 (ill.), 154.
Kalina, Richard. “Working Things Out.” Art in America, November 2003, 125 (ill.).