The Museum of Modern Art’s forthcoming Donald Judd retrospective is a major event, not least because it is the first sweeping show of its kind in America since 1988. And with anticipation mounting for an exhibition opening in March, other major New York institutions are revealing plans to host Judd-related shows and presentations during the MoMA retrospective’s run.
This spring, special shows to honor the Minimalist sculptor’s career can be seen at David Zwirner gallery, Dia:Beacon, Gagosian, Salon 94, and, naturally, the Judd Foundation (where the artist lived in a multi-story loft space that has since been preserved as a museum).
Asked why the galleries of MoMA could not suffice on their own, Flavin Judd, the artist’s son, told ARTnews, “They’re not big enough.”
The most momentous presentations will take place at Gagosian and David Zwirner, the latter of which represents the artist known best for his stark sculptures that elegantly bridged the gap between painterly and sculptural forms during the 1960s. At its space on West 19th Street in Chelsea, David Zwirner will stage a survey of Judd works (curated by Flavin Judd) that the artist produced between 1970 and 1994. Among the works to be on view from April 18 to June 26 is a galvanized wall piece that was last seen in New York at the last major Judd retrospective in the city, at the Whitney Museum in 1988.
Two blocks north, starting on March 12, Gagosian will show at its location on 21st Street the largest plywood work Judd ever produced: an untitled 80-foot-long sculpture dating from 1980. “It’s almost like a Bach fugue,” Flavin Judd said of a work that hasn’t been shown in America since 1981. “It’s more complex than his other plywood pieces. It’s really good to get an example of Don’s radicality at the time, and it’s a good way of seeing how he’s engaging with space.”
Beyond those gallery shows, Salon 94 Design will offer a presentation of Judd’s furniture pieces at the TEFAF art fair in May, and Dia:Beacon, a museum in Upstate New York, will put two untitled works on view for an extended period of time.
The festivities also extend to the Judd Foundation in SoHo, which will mount a show of Judd’s woodcut prints on its ground floor beginning March 1. With the anticipation of larger crowds curious to see the artist’s home, the Judd Foundation is offering tours on Sundays for the first time starting in March. (Previously they’ve been available only on Tuesdays through Saturdays. Self-guided viewing periods will now be available on Saturdays.) “We’re trying to gear up,” Flavin Judd said. “But we’ll be around for a long time, so hopefully they don’t all come at once.”