Bibliotheca – Donald Judd

“Architecture in Marfa, Texas”

Donald Judd was one of the most important exponents of American Minimal Art. Among the lesser-known aspects of his work are the numerous built architectural projects in which he explores the relationship between architecture art, furniture, and landscape. One particular location was of great significance to Judd’s architectural work: Fort D.R. Russell, a former US military base in the Chihuahuan desert on the southern edge of the pioneer town of Marfa, Texas. Judd acquired the fort and other structures in Marfa which he systematically converted into one of the largest ensemble collections of contemporary art in the world.

This new edition updates and expands on the successful book of 2007. It presents two additional building complexes southwest of Marfa and includes a new epilogue by the author, which places Judd’s built architectural work from its beginning at 101 Spring Street, Judd’s studio residence in NYC, and the Marfa structures in a contemporary context.

“Artworks 1970–1994”

One of the most significant American artists of the postwar period, Judd rigorously experimented with color, form, material, and space. The works in this catalogue range from the artist’s expansive installations to self-contained single units, yielding valuable new insights into his process and approach. The survey includes one of his largest and most intricate installations of wall-mounted plywood boxes, conceived in 1986. Other works include variations on some of Judd’s most recognizable forms, executed in materials such as Corten steel, plexiglass, copper, plywood, brushed aluminum, and painted aluminum. Brilliant and exacting reproductions capture these works in vivid detail. Following the major Judd retrospective at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, in 2020, this book serves as a companion volume.

With contributions from a wide range of voices – art historians, critics, writers, and performers – this publication includes rich new writings on Judd’s oeuvre, art criticism, and enduring influence. “Artworks 1970–1994” is published on the occasion of the eponymous 2020 exhibition at David Zwirner New York.

“Artwork: 1980”

This book was published on the occasion of the exhibition Donald Judd: Artwork: 1980 at Gagosian, West 21st Street, New York. It reproduces photographs and schematic drawings of this installation of an untitled work by Judd from 1980 and also includes images of related works by the artist. Made from Douglas fir, the exhibited work is the largest single plywood construction Judd ever produced, and the Gagosian exhibition marked the first time that it had been shown in New York since its original presentation at Castelli Gallery in 1981. Spanning the entire back wall of the 21st Street gallery, the gridded construction measures eighty feet wide and comprises three parts, each defined by horizontal and diagonal planes. In its fusion of wall- and floor-based formats, the work confirms Judd’s mastery of light, space, and “the simple expression of complex thought.”

The catalogue, which is bound in corrugated cardboard, features a foreword by Flavin Judd, new essays by Rudi Fuchs and Martha Buskirk, and interviews with Judd by Margot Willett, Friedrich Teja Bach, Kaspar König, and Markus Brüderlin.