This exhibition will be the first American retrospective of Donald Judd’s work in thirty years. Due to the unprecedented archival access granted by the Judd Foundation to MoMA’s curatorial team, this show presents a unique opportunity to assess Judd’s career anew.
Most writings to date have dwelled on Judd’s place within Minimalism and drawn heavily on biography as well as the artist’s own statements on his work. With an aim to counter the mythologizing and interpretation-heavy literature that still prevails in Judd scholarship, this book will marshal in-depth research in order to expand readers’ knowledge of the revolutionary nature of his working method. The essays included will delve into the specifics of Judd’s industrial materials, fabrication processes, exhibition histories, and activities related to design and architecture.