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Donald Judd. _Untitled_. 1973. Plywood. Six units, each 72 × 143 × 72" (182.9 × 363.2 × 182.9 cm). The sixth unit fabricated in 1975. National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. © 2020 Judd Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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Curator, Ann Temkin: Here in this gallery, one's immediately aware Judd's work is getting closer and closer to the architectural.

Judd decided that he needed space and property much larger than his studio on Spring Street in Soho in New York could ever offer. He set off to Marfa, a small town in West Texas, not too far from the Mexican border. He was able to buy a complex of sites in which his art could be permanently displayed, and in which he could make art and envision art of far greater scale than what he could do in Manhattan.

Here in this desert town with open skies and the vista of the Chinati mountains, I believe there is a sense of expansive, almost infinite space and scale that suited what Judd's imagination needed at that moment.