Donald Judd

born Excelsior Springs, MO 1928-died New York City 1994
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Courtesy Chris Felver.
Also known as
  • Donald Clarence Judd
  • Don Judd
Excelsior Springs, Missouri, United States
New York, New York, United States
Active in
  • Marfa, Texas, United States
  • Kussnacht am Rigi, Switzerland

Donald Judd was a leading figure in minimalism, a movement that dominated the American art scene of the 1960s and early 1970s. Although he rejected the label, his large, machine-finished, geometric structures defined minimalist art. Judd published his strong opinions on modern art before he even began exhibiting his own work. He wanted to create a style that was not figurative or decorative, favoring clean lines, sharp angles, and industrial materials. During the last two decades of his life, Judd developed the Chinati Foundation in the small town of Marfa, Texas, two hundred miles from any major city. He bought up much of the town’s center and transformed the whole area into a permanent exhibition of his monumental works.