Untitled (Floor Sculpture Series)

Donald Judd

Excelsior Spring, Missouri, USA, 1928 - New York, USA, 1994
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    Floor Sculpture Series
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    Corten steel
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    Overall: 150 x 550 x 150 cm / Each part: 150 x 150 x 150 cm
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Donald Judd was one of the shapers of Minimalist sculpture, which he helped define along with Robert Morris from a perspective that considered the theoretical problems and conditions of perception of the artwork. In 1965 he began the industrial manufacture of "Specific Objects", sculptures which describe nothing beyond themselves, which are absolutely self-referential, far removed from existent categories of painting or sculpture, and much closer to the qualities of the “object”. The essential elements of his serial large-scale Floor Pieces, produced from 1967 onwards, are retained in this monumental piece from 1992. It consists of three 150-centimetre cubes placed 50 centimetres apart, the depth of the niches formed by the inner sides of each cube creating a sort of tunnel. Both the frontal view and the foreshortened view of the piece presents the viewer with a calm, identical succession of empty then full rectangular planes, of open then closed volumes. The work, in line with the principles of Minimalism, eschews any kind of illusionism or narrative quality. The piece is connected to the Minimalist rejection of composition in favour of the straightforward placement of elements, referred to by Judd as placing “one thing after another”, in a gesture that focuses on the object generated and its presence, leaving any authorial intervention to one side.

Carmen Fernández Aparicio