Donald Judd’s first use of unpainted plywood, a material that expanded the range of possibilities for scale and surface in his work, dates to 1972. As Judd wrote in 1990, “We go to a great deal of trouble to get a certain kind of plywood and the details of the construction are so unusual that the carpentry has become unique.”1

In a 1987 interview, Judd said, “A lot of the materials were selected—the metal, the galvanized iron, for example, and plywood too before the galvanized iron—for their lightness and ability to define a volume without being massive. Then I could make a fairly large thing that was still light because I wanted to get away from the idea of weight and mass. I was more interested in volume.”2 Judd used the dimensions of this piece in works dating from the early 1970s.

This work was exhibited in Donald Judd: New Sculpture at Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles (November 18–December 30, 1989).

Donald Judd, “Una stanza per Panza” (1990), in Donald Judd Writings, ed. Flavin Judd and Caitlin Murray (New York: Judd Foundation and David Zwirner Books, 2016), 656.
Paul Cabon, interview with Donald Judd, 1987, transcript, Judd Foundation Archives, Marfa, Texas.