Saturday, 23 May 2009

Mother necessity

Judd Foundation

I rented a small house on the edge of the town. The house was quartered into eleven by eleven foot rooms. There was no furniture and none to be bought, either old, since the town had not shrunk or changed much since its beginning in 1886, or new, since the few stores sold only fake antiques or tubular kitchen furniture with plastic surfaces printed with inane geometric patterns of flowers...I designed a bed... so that the lumberyard could cut the few different lengths to size and I could nail them together in place. I liked the bed a great deal, and in fact the whole house, for which I made other furniture. - Donald Judd (1928-1994)

Corner chair


Single bed



I’m very touchy about it being considered art. To me the chairs and benches are perfectly comfortable, not hard and uncomfortable as people sometimes seem to think they are. I have nineteenth-century wooden chairs from Sweden and I’ve sat on them for years. I think the thing to do is to either sit up or lie down or stand up: I’m not sympathetic to in-between positions. - Donald Judd

In Donald Judd's last interview he discusses his unique aesthetic, his dislike of contemporary architecture, and his passionate quest for the perfect exhibition setting for his large works of art.

Donald Judd furniture is available from Artware Editions and London's Louisa Guinness Gallery; with each supplying different pieces from his catalogue of designs.

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1 comment:

Jill said...

The landscape of Marfa is perfect for Judd's aesthetic.