Donald Judd: Paintings
This book was published on the occasion of Donald Judd: Paintings at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Miami. Curated by ICA Miami director Ellen Salpeter, the exhibition was the first museum presentation dedicated to fourteen rarely exhibited paintings by Judd, created between 1959 and 1961, when the artist was developing his ideas about color and space and exploring the limitations of the flat plane.
The publication features several texts by art historians and critics—including a foreword by Salpeter; essays by Alex Kitnick, Eileen Myles, and Kirsten Swenson; and a conversation between Flavin Judd and Alex Gartenfeld—offering readers an expanded understanding of Judd’s work through this understudied facet of his practice. Reproductions of the paintings, alongside photography of the exhibition and nearly forty additional works, help to reveal Judd’s transition from figuration to abstract compositions of color and lines that demonstrate his prevailing interest in structure and space.