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Opening September 26, 2013, Mnuchin Gallery presents Donald Judd: Stacks. Featuring ten stacks from four decades, this is the first-ever exhibition devoted to this iconic form in Judd’s oeuvre and the history of modern sculpture. This exhibition coincides with the recent opening of the artist’s home and studio at 101 Spring Street. It will be on view through December 14, 2013.

 

Judd is known for his geometric explorations of volume, space, and color.  In New York in the 1960s, Judd was among the first in a group of artists who challenged notions of subjectivity and pictorial illusionism by creating art from industrial processes and materials.  When Judd created his first stack in 1965—an arrangement of identical iron units stretching from floor to ceiling—the work represented a breakthrough in his integration of art and architecture. 

 

The work also fulfilled Judd’s goal of creating real space with sculpture: in this column of alternating solids and voids, the distances between the units became a part of the work, the spaces functioning themselves as open volumes.  Here, the artist succeeded in giving ‘nothingness’ a spatial identity.

 

Judd went on to revisit the stack’s form through the last years of his career, and they now serve as his best-known legacy, represented in the collections of nearly every major museum worldwide.  Over the years, Judd experimented with a broad spectrum of materials to explore the myriad effects of varying transparency, opacity, surface, and color.

 

The exhibition will include ten stacks of both large and small sizes, spanning from 1968 to 1990, pairing loans from private collections with works available for sale.  The earliest stack in the exhibition, Untitled (DSS 120) (1968), represents one of Judd’s earliest uses of Plexiglas in this form, pairing the warm glow of amber Plexiglas with the cool sheen of stainless steel.  From a decade later, Untitled (Bernstein 78-69) (1978) turns color into voluptuous shape with its opaque candy red Plexiglas. The bold drama of color culminates in Untitled (Bernstein 88-25) (1988), with its jewel-box like units of violet anodized aluminum.
 

 

A fully illustrated catalogue with texts by Peder Bonnier, Jim Jacobs, Flavin Judd and Judd Tully will accompany the exhibition.  Donald Judd: Stacks is on view from September 26 to December 14, 2013.

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Untitled (Bernstein 90-01), 1990 (detail)

Untitled (Bernstein 90-01), 1990

black anodized aluminum with clear Plexiglas

10 units, each 9 x 40 x 31 inches (22.9 x 101.6 x 78.7 cm)

Untitled (Bernstein 90-11), 1990 (detail)

Untitled (Bernstein 90-11), 1990

anodized aluminum with black lacquer and clear Plexiglas

10 units, each 6 x 27 x 24 inches (15.2 x 68.6 x 61 cm)

Untitled (Bernstein 89-1), 1989

stainless steel and transparent green Plexiglas

10 units, each 6 x 27 x 24 inches (15.2 x 68.6 x 61 cm)

Untitled (Bernstein 89-3), 1989 (detail)

Untitled (Bernstein 89-3), 1989

anodized aluminum

10 units, each 6 x 27 x 24 inches (15.2 x 68.6 x 61 cm)

Untitled (Bernstein 88-25), 1988

violet anodized aluminum

10 units, each 6 x 27 x 24 inches (15.2 x 68.6 x 61 cm)

Untitled (Bernstein 80-52), 1980

stainless steel and yellow Plexiglas

10 units, each 6 x 27 x 24 inches (15.2 x 68.6 x 61 cm)

Untitled (Bernstein 80-62), 1980 (detail)

Untitled (Bernstein 80-62), 1980

copper and blue Plexiglas

10 units, each 6 x 27 x 24 inches (15.2 x 68.6 x 61 cm)

Untitled (Bernstein 78-69), 1978 (detail)

Untitled (Bernstein 78-69), 1978

stainless steel and wrap-around red Plexiglas

10 units, each 9 x 40 x 31 inches (22.9 x 101.6 x 78.7 cm)

Untitled (DSS 216), 1970 (detail)

Untitled (DSS 216), 1970

galvanized iron with amber Plexiglas

10 units, each 9 x 40 x 31 inches (22.9 x 101.6 x 78.7 cm)

Untitled (DSS 154), 1968

stainless steel and light green Plexiglas

6 x 27 x 24 inches (15.2 x 68.6 x 61 cm)

Untitled (DSS 120), 1968 (detail)

Untitled (DSS 120), 1968

stainless steel and amber Plexiglas

10 units, each 6 x 27 x 24 inches (15.2 x 68.6 x 61 cm)

Tom Powel Imaging, Inc.

All Artworks © Judd Foundation. Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

Untitled (Bernstein 90-01), 1990 (detail)

Untitled (Bernstein 90-01), 1990

black anodized aluminum with clear Plexiglas

10 units, each 9 x 40 x 31 inches (22.9 x 101.6 x 78.7 cm)

Untitled (Bernstein 90-11), 1990 (detail)

Untitled (Bernstein 90-11), 1990

anodized aluminum with black lacquer and clear Plexiglas

10 units, each 6 x 27 x 24 inches (15.2 x 68.6 x 61 cm)

Untitled (Bernstein 89-1), 1989

stainless steel and transparent green Plexiglas

10 units, each 6 x 27 x 24 inches (15.2 x 68.6 x 61 cm)

Untitled (Bernstein 89-3), 1989 (detail)

Untitled (Bernstein 89-3), 1989

anodized aluminum

10 units, each 6 x 27 x 24 inches (15.2 x 68.6 x 61 cm)

Untitled (Bernstein 88-25), 1988

violet anodized aluminum

10 units, each 6 x 27 x 24 inches (15.2 x 68.6 x 61 cm)

Untitled (Bernstein 80-52), 1980

stainless steel and yellow Plexiglas

10 units, each 6 x 27 x 24 inches (15.2 x 68.6 x 61 cm)

Untitled (Bernstein 80-62), 1980 (detail)

Untitled (Bernstein 80-62), 1980

copper and blue Plexiglas

10 units, each 6 x 27 x 24 inches (15.2 x 68.6 x 61 cm)

Untitled (Bernstein 78-69), 1978 (detail)

Untitled (Bernstein 78-69), 1978

stainless steel and wrap-around red Plexiglas

10 units, each 9 x 40 x 31 inches (22.9 x 101.6 x 78.7 cm)

Untitled (DSS 216), 1970 (detail)

Untitled (DSS 216), 1970

galvanized iron with amber Plexiglas

10 units, each 9 x 40 x 31 inches (22.9 x 101.6 x 78.7 cm)

Untitled (DSS 154), 1968

stainless steel and light green Plexiglas

6 x 27 x 24 inches (15.2 x 68.6 x 61 cm)

Untitled (DSS 120), 1968 (detail)

Untitled (DSS 120), 1968

stainless steel and amber Plexiglas

10 units, each 6 x 27 x 24 inches (15.2 x 68.6 x 61 cm)

Tom Powel Imaging, Inc.

All Artworks © Judd Foundation. Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

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©BFA NYC

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©BFA NYC

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©BFA NYC

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©BFA NYC

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