Donald Judd
Untitled, 1989

Cadmium red light acrylic on plywood with painted wood found object
46 1/2 × 46 1/2 × 4 inches
(118.1 × 118.1 × 10.2 cm)

Artist
Type
Relief 11
Date
1980s 27
Location

The found object in this work is a wood, red-painted disc that Donald Judd gave to the fabricator, along with instructions to have it inset in the center of the relief. The disc is six and a half inches in diameter and projects one-sixteenth of an inch from the surface of the relief. In order to retain its original character, the wood disc was not repainted.

The exterior dimensions of the relief are the same as eleven of the thirteen Judd made in the 1980s and 1990s. This work differs from the other installed red-painted reliefs at the Ranch Office [untitled, 1989; untitled, 1992; untitled, 1992; untitled, 1992; untitled, 1992] in that it contains no sand.

“I like to work back and forth,” Judd said in 1971, speaking to his return to forms first used early on in his work.1 The form and dimensions of this relief are similar to a work from 1962, a cadmium red light painted wall piece with a copper found object centered in a monochromatic field.

“Don Judd: An Interview with John Coplans,” in John Coplans, Don Judd, exh. cat. (Pasadena, CA: Pasadena Art Museum, 1971), 44.