Donald Judd Writings, co-published by Judd Foundation and David Zwirner Books, is the most comprehensive collection of the artist’s writings assembled to date. Available in November 2016, this timely publication includes Judd’s best-known essays, as well as little-known texts previously published in limited editions. Moreover, this new collection includes unpublished college essays and hundreds of never-before-seen notes, a critical but unknown part of Judd’s writing practice.
Judd’s earliest published writing, consisting largely of reviews for hire, defined the terms of art criticism in the 1960s, but his essays as an undergraduate at Columbia, published here for the first time, contain the seeds of his later writing, and allow readers to trace the development of his critical style. The writings that followed Judd’s early reviews are no less significant art-historically, but have been relegated to smaller publications and have remained largely unavailable until now. The largest addition of newly available material is a collection of Judd’s unpublished notes—transcribed from his handwritten accounts of and reactions to subjects ranging from the politics of his time to the literary texts he admired most. In these intimate reflections we see Judd’s thinking at his least mediated—a mind continuing to grapple with questions of its moment, thinking them through, changing positions, and demonstrating the intensity of thought that continues to make Judd such a formidable presence in contemporary art.
This fall, Judd Foundation and David Zwirner Books will present a series of public programming in New York and Marfa, Texas to coincide with the release of this new publication. All events are free and open to the public.
Tuesday, November 15, 7pm
Cooper Union, The Great Hall
New York, NY
The panel will examine Donald Judd’s relationship to the written word over the four decades contained in the new publication. The panel will include: Flavin Judd, Curator and Co-President of Judd Foundation, co-editor of Donald Judd Writings, and son of Donald Judd; Roberta Smith, Co-Chief Art Critic of The New York Times; Ann Temkin, Marie-Josée and Henry Kravis Chief Curator of Painting and Sculpture at The Museum of Modern Art. Moderated by Michael Govan, CEO and Wallis Annenberg Director of The Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
Wednesday, November 16, 6pm
101 Spring Street
New York, NY
The conversation will explore Donald Judd’s writings on ethics and philosophy in relation to his art practice, as well as his values, beliefs, and actions as an active citizen. Flavin Judd in conversation with Phong Bui, Co-Founder, Editor-in-Chief, and Publisher of The Brooklyn Rail. Moderated by Caitlin Murray, Director of Marfa Programs at Judd Foundation and co-editor of Donald Judd Writings.
Thursday, November 17, 7pm
New York, NY
The conversation will explore Donald Judd’s writing as a process and primary part of his daily life and artistic practice. Rainer Judd, Co-President of Judd Foundation and daughter of Donald Judd, in conversation with Ellie Meyer, Catalogue Raisonné Research Manager at Judd Foundation and former studio assistant to Judd. A reading of selections from Donald Judd Writings will initiate a discussion on the thematics visited by Judd throughout the text including environment, space, history, and time.
Saturday, December 10, 6pm
The lecture, led by Dr. Frances Colpitt, Deedie Potter Rose Chair of Art History, Texas Christian University, will examine aspects of Donald Judd’s practice as an artist and writer.