Day 56/365 of Steel – Donald Clarence Judd

Donald Clarence Judd (June 3, 1928 – February 12, 1994) was a minimalist sculptor whose work is represented in such collections as the Tate Modern in London, the Guggenheim Museum and Museum of Modern Art in New York City. In his work, Judd sought autonomy and clarity for the constructed object and the space created by it, ultimately achieving a rigorously democratic presentation without compositional hierarchy.

Giant works of art that bask beneath vast desert skies by Donald Clarence Judd
Fig 1: Giant works of art that bask beneath vast desert skies by Donald Clarence Judd
©Judd Foundation/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

Judd began using Cor-ten steel in the 1980s for a small number of large-scale outdoor pieces, and by 1989 would create single and multi-part works with the material. The Cor-ten works are unique in that they are the only works the artist fabricated in Marfa, Texas
His work was able to define what is precisely the Minimalist movement, a label whose origins have often been discussed.

A Sculpture by Donald in Den Haag
Fig 2: A Sculpture by Donald in Den Haag
Photo: Medium

Donald Judd with his installations and sculptures helped us a lot to understand it, with the use of industrial materials such as plexiglass, concrete and Cor-ten steel. His compositions often refer to classical geometric forms, in a sort of attempt to exalt the shape of the object itself, more than any symbolic meaning hidden within the work.

About the Author:

Bruno Dursin – Managing Director at Believe in Steel. Bruno has more than 30 years of experience in promoting steel & steel solutions. His clients benefit from his extensive network within the building industry.

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