Here are some installation images from the exhibition ‘Donald Judd: The Multicolored Works’ currently on at The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, St. Louis. The exhibition focuses on Judd’s sculpture from the 1980s, specifically on the multicoloured works he began making in 1984 (from 1960 until 1984 he used a maximum of two colours in a single work).
In this podcast Tyler Green (of Modern Art Notes) discusses the exhibition with its curator Marianne Stockebrand. Starting with his Marfa studio complex and the technical aspects of this body of work, they move onto Judd’s thoughts on colour and the relation of his work to the history of painting, briefly touching on his attraction to Mondrian, Malevich, Matisse, and, more surprisingly, Rogier van der Weyden. They also explore how Judd approached choosing his colour from the industrial range available (specifically his restriction to of each work to a single tone); his concern with the surface colour of his material; and how his sculptures in general react to, even ‘live in’, light. The key quote is one from Judd himself: ‘I am making three-dimensional work, but my thoughts come out of painting.’ This may be worth thinking about in relation to comments on Judd and illusion made under Anthony Smart’s Brancaster Chronicle.