Prints: Flavin, Judd, Sandback

Exhibition Review

  • "Prints: Flavin, Judd, Sandback"

  • David Zwirner, New York
  • 14 Jan 2014 - 01 Mar 2014

In 1965 Donald Judd published “Specific Objects,” an article that explained “the new three-dimensional work” then being produced by a cohort of like-minded artists.1 Unlike conventional painting and sculpture, which Judd proclaimed to have served the purpose of a “container,” the new work was about the object itself. Eschewing pictorial devices, the artists, known today as Minimalists, emphasized the dimensional, physical presence of the thing for its ability to “[open] up to anything.” Almost 50 years later, it is three-dimensional objects that are cited in exhibitions and texts as the clearest exemplars of Minimalist aesthetics.

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  1. Donald Judd, “Specific Objects,” in Donald Judd: Complete Writings 1959–1975 (Halifax: The Press of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, 1975), 181. Originally published in Arts Yearbook 8 (1965). []