The installation of this work is specific to the first floor of 101 Spring Street, which, due to the quantity and size of windows on the Mercer Street side of the building, necessitated the division of the work into two units on one wall, followed by three units on the next, in order to maintain the correct intervals between each unit.
In a seminar discussion in 1990, Donald Judd said, “I’m not so fond of odd numbers. . . . Threes and fives are doubtful. So are two. Earlier these were hierarchical.”1 Although Judd more frequently made works of six and ten units, works with five units, like this one, were not uncommon.
1 Angeli Janhsen, “Discussion with Donald Judd,” in Donald Judd, exh. cat. (St. Gallen, Switzerland: Kunstverein St. Gallen, 1990), 52.
Stockebrand, Marianne, ed. Donald Judd: The Multicolored Works. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2014, 62–63 (ill.).
Judd, Donald. Donald Judd Writings. Ed. Flavin Judd and Caitlin Murray. New York: Judd Foundation and David Zwirner Books, 2016, 1003 (image 166).