Donald Judd created mid-century, American minimalist art that still has art lovers and art students from all over the world flocking to Marfa, Texas to view his work.

Judd was a philosophy student, as well as an artist, and wanted to make work that could stand on its own, without underlying meaning or metaphor. He worked in steel, pine and plexiglass and, with those materials, created pieces that have a very clean, very American feel to them.

Chairs Meet Desk

In the late 1970s, Judd began to make furniture that would fit the look and feel of the old vacant buildings he bought in Marfa. The furniture he built was functional, and like his other artworks, sleek and minimal, much of it made from pine he found at local lumberyards.

The Los Angele County Museum of Art (LACMA) acquired one of the desks that Judd had designed for a child. The desk, standing alone, has been at LACMA since 2011.

Judd’s son, Flavin, is Vice President of the Judd foundation, and has been actively overseeing the preservation of his father’s work and the work of the foundation. Two chairs that Judd made to go with the desk have been in Flavin’s possession and it was Flavin who facilitated the reunion of the desk and chairs.
As is the case with all of Judd’s work , the set enhances the intrinsic beauty of the wood that he used to make the desk set.

The Writings of Donald Judd

Flavin helped to edit a book of his father’s writings. Donald Judd Writings contains more than forty texts that have never before appeared in book form. Judd died in 1994, leaving many personal notes, art critiques and essays.

Flavin, who called his father Don, wrote the introduction to the book and said, “His three-dimensional work is not subject to language and not made by it, but one can see how Don got to his ideas, how the work came from his specific understanding of the world.”

Donald Judd graduated cum laude from Columbia University with a degree in Philosophy and did well as an artist in New York, where he owned a building in which he worked. After separating from his wife, Judd moved to Marfa with Flavin (named after his friend, artist Don Flavin) and his daughter, Rainer. Judd’s hope was that the spaces in Marfa would give him more room for his work than the limited spaces in New York – and they certainly did.

Donald Judd at VFA

Donald Judd not only created sculptures, paintings, furniture and architectural designs, he also created prints using woodcut, aquatint, etching and screenprint. It is his work as a printmaker that greatly appeals to us at VFA.

Please contact us for more information about the works of Donald Judd for sale at VFA.