Not a minimalist

Charlie Lee-Palmer on Donald Judd in Cereal volume 11:

Donald Judd’s aim was to produce objects that resolutely declared their status as art, without alluding to anything or anyone, least of all the artist

He also loved the term ‘specificity’, the idea that “a shape, a volume, a colour, a surface is something itself,” rather than being like something, suggestive of something, or representative of something.

The purity of Judd’s definitions, and his insistence that the artist should be excised from our appreciation of the object, while at the same time maintaining his artistic control over that object, both have subversive appeal. We’re so accustomed to the notion that an artist’s persona much encroach on their work, that it’s difficult to rid ourselves of the habit.

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