The New York Times announces a new retrospective of Donald Judd’s work in 2017:
in the fall of 2017, the Museum of Modern Art will take on the thorny task of a Judd retrospective. It will be the first American survey of his work since 1988 and will occupy not only the large second-floor contemporary galleries but also the museum’s atrium. Ann Temkin, the museum’s chief curator of painting and sculpture, will organize the show, which she described as overdue partly because Judd’s work has become so iconic that its power and influence have been obscured.
“Over the last 20 years or so, we’ve really come to take him for granted because in a way — whether or not we’re conscious of it — his aesthetic so shaped the look of so much that followed,” she said, adding, “This is a case where it’s just time to re-examine a figure we think we know, even if we don’t really know him.”
The show, which will be organized in collaboration with the Judd Foundation, will feature more than 100 works, including examples from the early 1960s when Judd, who started out as a painter, began to find the pared-down formal language that became his own. Besides his signature boxlike sculptures, the exhibition will include paintings, prints, architectural interventions, furniture designs and examples of Judd’s influential art criticism and other writings.
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