In a remarkably fertile period in the 1960s, Donald Judd determined a basic vocabulary of materials and simple geometric forms that would persist throughout his career. The materials—such as anodized aluminum, galvanized iron, stainless steel, Plexiglas, and plywood—were chosen for their lack of historical precedent in fine art and their affordability. Dia will present a gallery of works by Judd from its collection, including Untitled (1976), consisting of fifteen cubic boxes in Douglas fir plywood. These works illustrate his ongoing preoccupation with redefining the relationship between wall and floor, painting and sculpture, scale and gravity, site and presentation.
Acquired by Dia earlier this year from the Chinati Foundation in Marfa, Texas, this work, comprised of fifteen plywood boxes, is a centerpiece of Dia's historical collection. It exemplifies Judd's ability to produce exquisitely complex works by combining essential geometry and common industrial materials.
Donald Judd was born in Excelsior Springs, Missouri, in 1928. He died in New York City in 1994.