AUGUST 12, 2001-MARCH 31, 2002
THE ESSENTIAL DONALD JUDD
Exhibition
GALLERY 7



   

"Any combining, mixing, adding, diluting, exploiting, vulgarizing, or popularizing of abstract art deprives art of its essence and depraves the artist's artistic consciousness. Art is free, but it is not a free-for-all." --Donald Judd, 1965



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Donald Judd
UNTITLED
1971

Donald Judd (1928-1994) was one of the foremost practitioners of Minimal Art, which had its apex in the late 1960s and early 1970s. In the wake of Abstract Expressionism and its highly subjective, mystical focus, Judd and other Minimalists sought to create a depersonalized art in which the physical properties of space, scale, and materials were explored as phenomena of interest on their own, rather than as metaphors for human experience. "A shape, a volume, a color, a surface is something itself," Judd wrote. "It shouldn't be concealed as part of a fairly different whole."

The Essential Donald Judd features a small but choice group of objects and prints drawn from the Walker's permanent collection. Highlights include the newly restored untitled (1971), a group of six large-scale aluminum cubes that is rarely exhibited due to its size, and an important portfolio of 30 woodblock prints that will be presented for the first time since its acquisition.

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Donald Judd
UNTITLED
1969/1982

In the 1960s, Judd became well known for sleek, boxlike constructions made of industrial materials such as plywood, sheet metal, and plexiglass that were painted using commercial techniques. Stacked, aligned, cantilevered, or centered, their strict geometric arrangements--often derived from mathematical progressions--eliminate the idea of composition and achieve a singular focus on the object itself. They combine elements of architecture, sculpture, and painting, and though they are resolutely three-dimensional, Judd refused to call them sculpture, a term he associated with the hand-crafted art of an earlier era. Instead, he referred to them as "specific objects"--a phrase meant to suggest their neutral, discrete nature.

Because of limited exhibition space, much of the work on view in this exhibition is rarely seen by the public. By bringing together these key sculptures and works on paper, The Essential Donald Judd presents a rare opportunity for viewers to explore this artist's ideas and objects through the extraordinary depth of the Walker's permanent collection.



RELATED EVENTS

FREE TOURS
THE ESSENTIAL DONALD JUDD
SUNDAY, MARCH 24
, 2 PM
Join the Walker Art Center's knowledgeable tour guides for a lively, engaging, and informative tour of the exhibition.


FEBRUARY EVENTS

FREE TOURS
THE ESSENTIAL DONALD JUDD
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 10
, 2 PM
Join the Walker Art Center's knowledgeable tour guides for a lively, engaging, and informative tour of the exhibition.


JANUARY EVENTS


FREE TOURS
THE ESSENTIAL DONALD JUDD
SATURDAY, JANUARY 19, 2002, 2 PM

SUNDAY, JANUARY 27, 2002, 2 PM
Join the Walker Art Center's knowledgeable tour guides for a lively, engaging, and informative tour of the exhibition.



DECEMBER EVENTS


FREE TOURS
THE ESSENTIAL DONALD JUDD
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2001, 2 PM

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 23, 2001, 2 PM
Join the Walker Art Center's knowledgeable tour guides for a lively, engaging, and informative tour of the exhibition.



NOVEMBER EVENTS


FREE TOURS
THE ESSENTIAL DONALD JUDD
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2001, 2 PM

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2001, 2 PM
Join the Walker Art Center's knowledgeable tour guides for a lively, engaging, and informative tour of the exhibition.


WALKER AFTER HOURS
PLAYING FAVORITES
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 7-10 PM
Discover everybody's favorite Minimalist in The Essential Donald Judd.



OCTOBER EVENTS


FREE TOURS
THE ESSENTIAL DONALD JUDD
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2001, 2 PM

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2001, 2 PM
Join the Walker Art Center's knowledgeable tour guides for a lively, engaging, and informative tour of the exhibition.


GALLERY TALK: JUDD IN MARFA
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 11, 6:30 PM
In this slide-illustrated gallery talk, artist and University of Minnesota art professor Thomas Rose discusses the artist's work and his own experiences visiting the Judd estate in Marfa, Texas.


ART-MAKING FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY: MAXIMIZE THE MINIMUM
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 6, 12 NOON-4 PM
Imagine what could be inside one of Donald Judd's Minimalist sculptures, then create your own boxy artwork with a secret interior. Led by artist Susan Armington. Art Lab.


FAMILY TOUR: HEAR ALL ABOUT IT
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2 PM
Find out more about works of art in the exhibition The Essential Donald Judd. Meet in the lobby.



SEPTEMBER EVENTS


FREE TOURS
THE ESSENTIAL DONALD JUDD
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2001, 6 PM
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2001, 2 PM
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2001, 6 PM
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2001, 2 PM
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2001
, 6 PM
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2001
, 2 PM
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2001
, 1 PM
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2001
, 2 PM
Join the Walker Art Center's knowledgeable tour guides for a lively, engaging, and informative tour of the exhibition.



WALKER AFTER HOURS
NO GIFTS PLEASE
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2001, NEW TIME: 7-10 PM
The Sights: The Essential Donald Judd and a rare screening of the politically charged animation and live-action films of Canadian filmmaker Pierre HÈbert.


SPECIAL EVENT: CONTRIBUTING MEMBERS' LUNCHEON
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2001, 12 NOON
$30 WALKER CONTRIBUTING-LEVEL MEMBERS
Join curator Siri Engberg for a special luncheon and tour of the exhibition. For information about this event or to become a Contributing member, call 612.375.7641 or e-mail.






THE ESSENTIAL DONALD JUDD IS MADE POSSIBLE BY GENEROUS SUPPORT FROM JOHN AND ARLENE DAYTON, THE FIFTH FLOOR FOUNDATION, AND GARY AND SUSAN RAPPAPORT.