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Judd. An exhibition in New York

“The thing as a whole, its quality as a whole, is what is interesting. The main things are alone and are more intense, clear and powerful.” This is what Donald Judd (1928–1994) wrote in 1965 in his famous essay “Specific Objects”, in which he explores the illusionism of painting and champions an art that seeks to articulate space itself in its reality. Judd was not only a radical artist whose works were to be described as “minimalist”, he also influenced designers. The strict conception of his sculptures, paintings, drawings and furniture, with their pared-down materiality and contrasting colour schemes, always reflect a great affinity for the wider issues of design. The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York is hosting a major retrospective of the works of this artist, who initially lived and worked in New York and later in Marfa, Texas. The exhibition, entitled Judd, is on show from 1 March to 11 July 2020. On 13 March, MoMA will also host an event called “Specific Objects, a Donald Judd Symposium”, to discuss both the legacy and the current relevance of Donald Judd. The New York branch of the Judd Foundation will also be presenting a supplementary event programme for the exhibition.

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