Cadmium red light enamel on cold-rolled steel
15 5/8 × 138 × 117 inches (39.7 × 350.5 × 297.2 cm)
A variation on Donald Judd’s first freestanding work in sheet metal, this work was among the first large-scale pieces to arrive in Marfa after being exhibited in Judd’s major exhibition at the Pasadena Art Museum, California (Don Judd, May 11–July 4, 1971). Judd said of the piece on which this was based, which was slightly smaller than this one, “The first oval piece was painted red. I’m still painting pieces because I can’t find enough of a range of color in the materials. . . . The use of metal is just to reduce the number of ambiguous elements in the pieces, to define them more rigorously.”1 Judd also used this form for works in unpainted galvanized iron and perforated metal.
1 “Don Judd: An Interview with John Coplans,” in John Coplans, Don Judd, exh. cat. (Pasadena, CA: Pasadena Art Museum, 1971), 36.
Getlein, Frank. “First U.S.-Backed Art Show for Overseas Is Shown.” The Sunday Star(Washington, DC), January 30, 1966, D-3.
Smith, Brydon, ed. Donald Judd: Catalogue Raisonné of Paintings, Objects, and Wood-Blocks 1960–1974. Exh. cat. Ottawa: National Gallery of Canada, 1975, 126 (DSS cat. no. 61).
Agee, William C. “Artist’s Dialogue: Donald Judd; The Language of Space.” Architectural Digest, August 1986, 40 (ill.).
Crow, Thomas. The Rise of the Sixties: American and European Art in the Era of Dissent 1955–69. London: Weidenfeld & Nicholson, 1996, 141 (fig. 94).
Judd, Donald. Donald Judd Writings. Ed. Flavin Judd and Caitlin Murray. New York: Judd Foundation and David Zwirner Books, 2016, 943 (image 101).