Like many minimalist artists Donald Judd worked in a modular way. ‘Untitled’, for example, is a series of horizontal rectangular units. The proportions of the module start with a ‘given’ – in this case, the size and thickness of the plywood that determines all other proportions in the work. Sometimes the boxes appear irregular, but this is an illusion of perspective and of the light falling into and around each box. The way an object contains space or casts shadow is part of Judd’s work. While his works were often made of steel and sometimes plastic, for ‘Untitled’ Judd made a very deliberate choice of wood, which retains the traces of its grain and has a glowing natural colour.
Curator insights - Contemporary galleries Untitled
Douglas Fir plywood in six units
6 units: 30.5 x 61.0 x 35.5 cm each; 30.5 x 518.5 x 35.5 cm installed
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Gift of the John Kaldor Family Collection 2011. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program
© Judd Foundation/VAGA. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney
Shown in 4 exhibitions
Donald Judd, Lisson Gallery, London, 02 Sep 1975–04 Oct 1975
From Christo and Jeanne-Claude to Jeff Koons: John Kaldor art projects and collection, Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia, 12 Dec 1995–17 Mar 1996
Journey to now: John Kaldor art projects and collection, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, 18 Apr 2003–06 Jul 2003
Primary structures and speculative forms, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 15 Oct 2016–03 Sep 2017
Referenced in 4 publications
Nicholas Baume, From Christo and Jeanne-Claude to Jeff Koons: John Kaldor art projects and collection, Sydney, 1995, 84.
Anthony Bond, John Kaldor family collection: Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'The minimal edge, Frank Stella, Carl Andre, Donald Judd', pg.78-99, Sydney, 2011, 96, 97 (colour illus.), 98-99 (colour illus.). illustration on page 97 is a detail
Adam Free, Journey to now: John Kaldor art projects and collection, Adelaide, 2003, 23-24 (colour illus.), 60. illustration is an installation view
Sotheby's New York, Contemporary art, part II, New York, 01 May 1991, (illus.). lot.no.117