DONALD JUDD'S MARFA,TEXAS
An artist and critic, there was a considerable duality to Donald Judd (1928-1994)—he was at once a man of intellectual rigor and a multidisciplinary conceptualist who deftly moved towards a new minimalism. In 1971, he relocated from the center of the art world, New York, to the prairies of Presidio County in Southern Texas, twenty miles from the Mexican border. It is here, in Marfa, Texas, that Chris Felver interviews Judd, providing insights into his process, his materials—aluminum, brass, plexiglas and concrete—and the freedom he sought to achieve from institutions trying to define what art is. A rare visit with an exceptional talent and a compelling destination for art aficionados.
Judd expounds upon his lifelong preoccupation with aesthetics, his persistent efforts to place his work in the proper environment, and his dismissal of contemporary architecture. Intercut throughout this forthright interview are scenes from Judd’s loft in Manhattan’s SoHo district, the permanent installation and restored buildings at Marfa Texas and his Chinati Foundation at Fort Russell.
Contains the last interview with the minimalist sculptor before his death in 1994. Critic John Yau provides commentary in this extensive overview of Judd’s career and his pivotal role in the development of post-war contemporary art and architecture.
Donald Judd was voted one of the twentieth century’s most influential artists by Art News magazine.