Donald Judd (American, 1928–1994),
brass and blue anodized aluminum, 40 ½ x 84 x 6 ¾ in.; 102.87 x 213.36 x 17.15 cm
Museum purchase, 1984.16
“The medium is the message.” This Marshall McLuhan epithet is a
reference point for looking at Judd's work, with its industrial
vocabulary of manufactured surfaces—the product of an industrial age.
Judd created large-scale sculpture that insisted on being an object
instead of representing one. The clean lines, pure colors, simple
repeated volumes, and smooth surfaces of his works address the basic
language of three-dimensional form. Placed directly on the wall, not on a
pedestal or platform, Judd’s work asserts that issues of shape, volume,
color, arrangement, and placement represent the same basic aesthetic
decisions faced by every artist.