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Galvanized Iron 17 January 1973

Galvanized Iron 17 January 1973

Donald Judd (in 1973)

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  • Enrique Toledo asked

    Hello, are the cubes made of actual iron?

  • Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen answered

    Hi Enrique, yes they are made of galvanised iron. Best, Rianne

  • chloe brown asked

    what are the dimensions of the piece?

  • Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen answered

    Hi Chloe, you can find the dimensions under specifications, on the object page on Collection Boijmans Online but here you go: 101,6 (h) x 482,6 (w) x 101,6 (d) cm. Best Rianne


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This work by Donald Judd, acquired by the museum in 1979, is a characteristic example of Minimalist art. In the 1960s and 1970s artists pushed their quest for a pure and abstract art form to the extreme. They believed that a form, colour or surface should refer to nothing other than itself. Judd made Minimalist three-dimensional forms from which every form of personal expression is excluded. , ‘I wanted work that didn’t involve incredible assumptions about everything. I couldn’t begin to think about the order of the universe, or the nature of American society. I didn’t want work that was general or universal in the usual sense. I didn’t want to claim too much. Obviously the means and the structure couldn’t be separate and couldn’t even be thought of as two things joined. Neither word means anything’.
‘A shape, a volume, a color, a surface is something itself. It shouldn’t be concealed as part of a fairly different whole. The shapes and materials shouldn’t be altered by their context. One or four boxes in a row, any single thing or such a series, is local order, just an arrangement, barely order at all. The series is mine, someone’s, and clearly not some larger order. It has nothing to do with either order or disorder in general. Both are matters of fact. The series of four or six doesn’t change the galvanized iron or steel or whatever the boxes are made of.’
Donald Judd, 1968

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Title Galvanized Iron 17 January 1973
Material and technique Galvanised iron
Object type
Sculpture > Three-dimensional object > Art object
Location This object is in storage
Dimensions Height 101.6 cm
Width 482.6 cm
Depth 101.6 cm
Artists Kunstenaar: Donald Judd
Accession number BEK 1563 a-d (MK)
Credits Aankoop / Purchase: Stichting Fonds Willem van Rede 1979
Department Modern Art
Acquisition date 1979
Age artist About 45 years old
Collector Collector / W. van Rede
Internal exhibitions Minimal myth (2012)
Kunst van formaat. De collectie XL vanaf de jaren vijftig (2018)
Research Digitising Contemporary Art
Galvanize > Galvanized > Shaping techniques > Metal working technique > Technique > Material and technique
Galvanize > Galvanized > Shaping techniques > Metal working technique > Technique > Material and technique
Geographical origin The United States of America > North America > America

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Donald Judd

Excelsior Springs 1928 - New York 1994

Around 1960, Judd, who has been trained as an artist and art historian, began experimenting with three-dimensional shapes. For his sculptures he mainly used...

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