Judd: Specific Objects

21 Apr 2017

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88 Fleet Street

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In April we’re reading Specific Objects, an essay by Donald Judd, originally published in 1965. This discussion will be chaired by Richard Burger.


Specific Objects is considered one of the most important writings by Donald Judd in here he describes the ‘new art’ being produced and tries to distinguish it from ‘old’ painting or sculpture. He makes particular reference to new materials that had not until then been considered as suitable materials for ’art’ and illustrates it.

Donald Judd is an icon of American art, both for his art, for his writing and for the Chinati Foundation in Marfa, West Texas where all the artists he liked and admired have permanent installations that have made Marfa a required pilgrimage for art world participants in the USA. His influence can still be seen today in the institutions in the US as well as among artists gallerists and curators.

This article is sometimes seen as a ‘manifesto’ for the minimalists. Others see it just as a list of artists Judd likes. It is said that ‘specific objects’ relates to art that is fabricated or manufactured and therefore an ‘object’ is that the link between the artists listed in the article?

[SYMPOSIUM] is a monthly free and open-access reading group for artists, curators, researchers and anyone interested in the intersections between art practice and critical theory. Everyone can propose a text and chair the reading group. Please visit the website to book a place and download the shared document.


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