This piece was fabricated in 1967 by Bernstein Brothers Sheet Metal Specialties, Inc., a sheet metal shop in New York that Donald Judd worked with for much of his life.
On January 13, 1990, in Cologne, Judd wrote in a short note: “Perhaps the point at which a piece of mine becomes good is when it opens toward many possibilities. One good piece naturally becomes a category of good pieces. For example, that is the case with the 100 aluminum pieces and not the case, and so the problem, with the concrete pieces.”1 This work shares its exterior dimensions with Judd’s 100 works in mill aluminum, 1982–86, at the Chinati Foundation in Marfa, Texas, made more than a decade later.
Judd installed his first work in clear anodized aluminum, untitled, 1966, at 101 Spring Street.
1 Donald Judd, note from 13 January 1990, in Donald Judd Writings, ed. Flavin Judd and Caitlin Murray (New York: Judd Foundation and David Zwirner Books, 2016), 617.
Donald Judd: Räume / Spaces. Ostfildern: Cantz, 1993, 43 (ill.).
Serota, Nicholas, ed. Donald Judd. Exh. cat. London: Tate Publishing, 2004, 136 (ill.).
Flückiger, Urs Peter. Donald Judd: Architecture in Marfa, Texas. Basel: Birkhäuser, 2007, 57 (ill.), 73.