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Table Object

1967 Donald Judd Born: Excelsior Springs, Missouri 1928 Died: New York, New York 1994 aluminum 20 1/8 x 24 x 2 1/2 in. (51.1 x 61.0 x 6.5 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase 1971.84.94 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 50B

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Table Object

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“A shape, a volume, a color, a surface is something itself, it shouldn’t be concealed as part of a fairly different whole.” Donald Judd, The New York Times, 1964

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Donald Judd was one of the first artists to employ industrial fabricators in the construction of his sculptures, and to use “nonart” materials, including Plexiglas, aluminum, and plywood. He created hollow, boxlike forms that fixed to the wall, stacked in a tower, or progressed across the floor, often immense in scale and incorporating strips and planes of color. His boxes measure and contain empty space, encouraging the viewer to investigate the open and closed volumes. In Table Objects, Judd created two almost identical folded structures to explore the different surfaces of aluminum and steel.




metal - aluminum