Judd

Donald Judd. _Untitled_. 1973. Plywood. 6 units, each: 72 × 143 × 72" (182.9 × 363.2 × 182.9 cm) with 12" intervals. Overall: 72 × 585 × 72" (182.9 × 1485.9 × 182.9 cm). National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. © 2020 Judd Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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Donald Judd. Untitled. 1973. Plywood. 6 units, each: 72 × 143 × 72" (182.9 × 363.2 × 182.9 cm) with 12" intervals. Overall: 72 × 585 × 72" (182.9 × 1485.9 × 182.9 cm). National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. © 2020 Judd Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Artist, Park McArthur: I'm Park McArthur. I'm an artist living here in New York. I'm particularly interested in this Untitled 1973, plywood units. Their size, it does feel, in some ways, like a space to inhabit or play.

You can read it frontwards or backwards. The openings are kind of skewed in the way that you might have the optical effect of a piece that is shifting its surface based on your own position.

The piece seems to amplify itself or shrink along a horizontal plane. And so you get … a kind of elongation or an exaggeration around the primary structure of a box or a square.

Curator, Ann Temkin: I like the plywoods for what they show about the sensuality of Judd's materials, even when they weren't rare or expensive materials. In these plywood planes, it's almost like an animal skin pattern. Like a leopard, or a cheetah with these shades of brown.

And there's a great variety among the different sheets of plywood within this one work. But for Judd, it was important to accept all of that happenstance in the materials that he chose to use, or that the fabricator sourced.

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