Brushed aluminum and Plexiglas
United States
Overall (each): 39 3/8 × 39 3/8 × 19 11/16 in. (100.01 × 100.01 × 50.01 cm)

“It isn’t necessary for a work to have a lot of things to look at, to compare, to analyze one by one, to contemplate. The thing as a whole, its qualities as a whole, is what is interesting.” —Donald Judd

Like Pop Art, Minimalism rejected the dynamic brushstrokes and emotional content of Abstract Expressionism. No evidence of the artist’s hand appears in Judd’s elegantly proportioned metal boxes. Austere and intellectually challenging, Minimalist sculpture and painting emphasized clearly defined geometric forms and pristine, unembellished surfaces.

These boxes were commercially manufactured to Judd’s precise specifications; each is one meter high and one meter wide. Judd also specified the hanging height and interval between the paired boxes. This piece focuses on color, depth, interval, edge, sheen, light and shadow; the boxes look to no world beyond their own and the space and time within which a viewer experiences them.

Gift of the Sydney and Frances Lewis Foundation
(Leo Castelli Gallery, New York) by 1984; Purchaed by the Sydney and Frances Lewis Foundation, Richmond, Virginia in February of 1984; Gift to Virginia Musuem of Fine Arts (VMFA), Richmond, Virginia in October of 1985.
©artist or artist’s estate

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