Judd

Donald Judd. _Untitled_. 1969. Clear anodized aluminum and blue Plexiglas. Four units, each 48 × 60 × 60" (121.9 × 152.4 × 152.4 cm), with 12" (30.5 cm) intervals. Overall: 48 × 276 × 60" (121.9 × 701 × 152.4 cm). Saint Louis Art Museum. © 2020 Judd Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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Donald Judd. Untitled. 1969. Clear anodized aluminum and blue Plexiglas. Four units, each 48 × 60 × 60" (121.9 × 152.4 × 152.4 cm), with 12" (30.5 cm) intervals. Overall: 48 × 276 × 60" (121.9 × 701 × 152.4 cm). Saint Louis Art Museum. © 2020 Judd Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Artist, Charles Ray: You look at a Judd, initially, you feel self-conscious and awkward. “Why am I looking at this box?” “Where's the art? “What's artful about Judd?”

I would let go of that and feel and think about the piece rather than going immediately to, “I like it, I don't like it,” and turning it around and walking out of the room. Think about how we view it and where we find ourselves in relationship to the work.

This piece is not separated from you. It's part of you. It's part of at this very moment in this place, in this time, even if it was made 30 years ago. And in that, you're connected to Donald Judd. He's at one end of a temporal spectrum, feeling and making and fabricating, and you're at the other, thinking and looking.

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