This work shares its exterior dimensions with some of the floor pieces that Judd showed in his first solo exhibition at Green Gallery, New York (Don Judd, December 17, 1963–January 11, 1964). Unlike those works, the plywood surface of this piece is unpainted. In a 1989 interview, Donald Judd said, “I don’t like plain plywood or plain concrete or plain metal to be considered without color. . . . it’s best to consider everything as color.”1
In contrast to untitled, 1991, installed adjacent to this piece, the plywood of this work is unpainted, and the found object, a solid round aluminum tube, is inset into the box at a depth that is half the pipe’s diameter.
1 Jochen Poetter and Rosemarie E. Pahlke, “Back to Clarity: Interview with Donald Judd,” in Donald Judd, exh. cat. (Stuttgart: Edition Cantz, 1989), 94.
Donald Judd: Räume / Spaces. Ostfildern: Cantz, 1993, 57 (ill.).
Donald Judd: Selected Works 1960–1991. Exh. cat. Saitama: The Museum of Modern Art; Shiga: The Museum of Modern Art, 1999, 40–41 (cat. no. 21), 221.