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Donald Judd

Paintings 1959–1961

November 10–December 23, 2021
555 West 24th Street, New York

Installation view Artwork © Judd Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view

Artwork © Judd Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view Artwork © Judd Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view

Artwork © Judd Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view Artwork © Judd Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view

Artwork © Judd Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view Artwork © Judd Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view

Artwork © Judd Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view Artwork © Judd Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view

Artwork © Judd Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view Artwork © Judd Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view

Artwork © Judd Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view Artwork © Judd Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view

Artwork © Judd Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view Artwork © Judd Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view

Artwork © Judd Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Rob McKeever

Works Exhibited

Donald Judd, untitled, 1959 Oil on canvas, 50 × 42 inches (127 × 106.7 cm)© Judd Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Silvia Ros

Donald Judd, untitled, 1959

Oil on canvas, 50 × 42 inches (127 × 106.7 cm)
© Judd Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Silvia Ros

Donald Judd, untitled, 1960 Oil on canvas, 31 × 25 inches (78.7 × 63.5 cm)© Judd Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Silvia Ros

Donald Judd, untitled, 1960

Oil on canvas, 31 × 25 inches (78.7 × 63.5 cm)
© Judd Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Silvia Ros

Donald Judd, untitled, 1960 Oil on canvas, 50 × 40 inches (127 × 101.6 cm)© Judd Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Silvia Ros

Donald Judd, untitled, 1960

Oil on canvas, 50 × 40 inches (127 × 101.6 cm)
© Judd Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Silvia Ros

Donald Judd, untitled, 1960 Oil on canvas, 40 × 36 inches (101.6 × 91.4 cm)© Judd Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Silvia Ros

Donald Judd, untitled, 1960

Oil on canvas, 40 × 36 inches (101.6 × 91.4 cm)
© Judd Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Silvia Ros

Donald Judd, untitled, 1960 Oil on canvas, 67 ¾ × 103 inches (172.1 × 261.6 cm)© Judd Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Silvia Ros

Donald Judd, untitled, 1960

Oil on canvas, 67 ¾ × 103 inches (172.1 × 261.6 cm)
© Judd Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Silvia Ros

Donald Judd, untitled, 1960 Oil and liquitex on canvas, 65 × 49 ½ inches (165.1 × 125.7 cm)© Judd Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Silvia Ros

Donald Judd, untitled, 1960

Oil and liquitex on canvas, 65 × 49 ½ inches (165.1 × 125.7 cm)
© Judd Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Silvia Ros

Donald Judd, untitled, 1961 Oil on canvas, 67 ½ × 67 ½ inches (171.4 × 171.4 cm)© Judd Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Silvia Ros

Donald Judd, untitled, 1961

Oil on canvas, 67 ½ × 67 ½ inches (171.4 × 171.4 cm)
© Judd Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Silvia Ros

Donald Judd, untitled, 1961 Oil on canvas, 50 × 42 inches (127 × 106.7 cm)© Judd Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Silvia Ros

Donald Judd, untitled, 1961

Oil on canvas, 50 × 42 inches (127 × 106.7 cm)
© Judd Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Silvia Ros

Donald Judd, untitled, 1961 Acrylic on canvas, 67 × 67 ¾ inches (170.2 × 172.1 cm)© Judd Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Silvia Ros

Donald Judd, untitled, 1961

Acrylic on canvas, 67 × 67 ¾ inches (170.2 × 172.1 cm)
© Judd Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Silvia Ros

Donald Judd, untitled, 1961 Oil on canvas, 45 ¼ × 45 ¼ inches (114.9 × 114.9 cm)© Judd Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Silvia Ros

Donald Judd, untitled, 1961

Oil on canvas, 45 ¼ × 45 ¼ inches (114.9 × 114.9 cm)
© Judd Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Silvia Ros

About

I think the origin of my work does lie in painting. My work doesn’t arise from sculpture; it comes out of the paintings of Pollock, Newman, Rothko.
—Donald Judd

Gagosian is pleased to present the gallery’s first exhibition of work by Donald Judd (1928–1994) in New York since announcing its representation of the artist and Judd Foundation in September. The exhibition features fifteen paintings dating from 1959 through 1961.

While Judd’s oeuvre is defined principally through his three-dimensional work—which he conceived in opposition to the essential properties of both conventional painting and sculpture—he began his practice as a painter while also taking graduate courses in art history at Columbia University in New York. In addition, he supported himself as a critic: beginning in 1959, and continuing for the next five years, he wrote prolifically for Art News and Arts Magazine, publishing incisive essays and reviews of contemporary art during a momentous era. Judd’s paintings make manifest the understanding of postwar modernism that he articulated in his writing.

The paintings on view are nonrepresentational and reject spatial illusionism. They precede relief works made later in 1961 in which Judd incorporated found objects, while his concern with volumetric space led him to abandon painting altogether by the following year. Featuring biomorphic shapes in blue and purple, as well as fields of white, black, gray, and cadmium red, they reflect an exploratory approach to formal issues of structure, materiality, and color. Their application ranges from dense impasto to thin wash, underpainting emerging at times through the layers of pigment.

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Donald Judd, untitled, 1961 © Judd Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Rob McKeever

In Conversation

Eileen Costello and Marta Kuzma on Donald Judd
Moderated by Caitlin Murray

Wednesday, November 17, 2021, 7pm est

Join Gagosian for a conversation between art historian Eileen Costello and Yale School of Art professor Marta Kuzma, moderated by Caitlin Murray, director of archives and programs at Judd Foundation, on the occasion of the exhibition Donald Judd: Paintings 1959–1961 at Gagosian, New York. Livestreaming from the exhibition in Chelsea, the trio will discuss Judd’s two-dimensional work and how the lessons he learned from the innovations of Abstract Expressionist and Color Field painters—including Jackson Pollock, Barnett Newman, and Mark Rothko—permeate his entire body of work. To join the online event, register at eventbrite.com.

Donald Judd, untitled, 1961 © Judd Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Rob McKeever