Considered one of the most significant artists of the twentieth century, Donald Judd pioneered Minimalism, an art movement that privileged conceptual framework over traditional craft or artistic skill. In his 1965 essay Specific Objects, Judd identified a new classification of artwork that falls into neither of the conventional categories of painting or sculpture. Judd utilized deceptively simple, pristine geometric forms as complex expressions of an aesthetic of wholeness or total impact, arguing that traditional illusionism and complicated composition dilute an artwork’s power. Judd explained, “Abstract art has its own integrity, not someone else’s ‘integrations’ with something else. Any combining, mixing, adding, diluting, exploiting, vulgarizing, popularizing 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.”
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Image: Installation photograph, Donald Judd, LACMA, Ahmanson building, February 2–August 4, 2013. Photo © 2013 Museum Associates/ LACMA.
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