Judd: The Last Editions
September 10 - October 29, 1994
This exhibition of Donald Judd's woodcuts is a tribute to the last works of this important artist who died on February 12, 1994.
Modular and serial prermutations, together with color variations, were principals of Judd's sculptural work as well as his printmaking activities, which began in the early 1960's. In the diptych Untitled (1993-94), Judd explores the negative and positive spaces of color in rectangles with horizontal lines trisecting them. As with many of Judd's editions, these woodblocks had been used in previous editions, and this is the final version. Untitled (1993-94) is a series of four woodcuts where Judd explores the serial permutations of a composition in several monochrome variations.
A former painter, Judd never relinquished color or texture as a means of enlivening his reduced forms. In his woodcuts, which are printed in oil-based pigments, he creates a specific texture and color intensity; the resultant work is perceptual as well as conceptual. These final series are a compelling demonstration of his concerns.
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