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Stainless steel and Plexiglas in six parts
34 × 34 × 34 in. (86.36 × 86.36 × 86.36 cm)
Layton Art Collection, Inc., Purchase L1970.25
Photo credit: Michael Tropea
© Judd Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
One of the leading Minimalist theorists as well as sculptors, Donald Judd authored definitive explanations of the analytic style that dominated American art in the later 1960s and 1970s. Boldly reductive and geometric, Judd’s sculpture relies as well on modern machined materials and on the very literal adoption of serial repetition. Conceived as six wall-mounted modular steel cubes with plexiglass on two sides, this serial sculpture challenges traditional notions of form and of the “handmade” nature of art. Insistently three-dimensional, it is affixed directly to the wall, contravening any conventional ideas of relief. Perception is addressed as the viewer is challenged to look through the piece as well as at it. Boundaries are bridged as the notion of completeness is overturned in favor of a form that is conceived as infinitely additive.
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From Figure to Floor: Sculpture in the 20th Century, Milwaukee Art Museum, September 11 – November 8, 1998.
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