The many moods and pleasures of Donald Judd’s objects

It is not yet in any central scenario. As a model for young artists now, in a world of art that recognizes multiple stories and has zero interest in the “isms,” it seems locked up at another time, as do many of his contemporaries who came of age more than half a year ago. century. Simply put, they lived on a smaller planet of art, one small enough to have faith in a Next Great Step. In the present managed by the market, it is difficult to imagine thinking that way.

But it is good to have it again in the spotlight at MoMA and elsewhere. (Several smaller exhibitions have been scheduled in New York to complement the retrospective show). And it is good to report that, importantly, it is still news. His art that was once thought to be too severe to be beautiful (or perhaps to be art at all) can now be seen to offer pleasures, visual and conceptual, with which any open-eyed audience can relate, and that Young artists can even throw you away. Judd, the critic, once said that for art to matter, “it just has to be interesting.” He is.


Judd

Sunday through July 11 (opens to members on February 27), Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53rd Street, Manhattan; 212-708-9400, moma.org.

Judd around the city

Several galleries offer shows related to the artist.

Judd in two dimensions: fifteen drawings at Mignoni, 960 Madison Avenue, Manhattan; until March 21; mignoniart.com.

Judd Foundation: Together with the MoMA retrospective, Judd’s old loft and workspace will operate an extended visit schedule from March 1 to July 11, at 101 Spring Street. It will also show 20 wood engravings that Judd made in 1992 that have never been exhibited in New York. juddfoundation.org.

Donald Judd: Work: 1980 in Gagosian, 522 West 21st Street, Manhattan, from March 12 to April 11); gagosian.com

Donald Judd: Works 1970-1994 at David Zwirner, 525 and 533 West 19th Street. Manhattan, from April 18 to June 26; davidzwirner.com.

Room 94 He will organize a presentation by Donald Judd Furniture in the New York edition of TEFAF, May 8-12 at Park Avenue Armory.

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