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Donald Judd. Untitled. 1991 640

Donald Judd. Untitled. 1991. Enameled aluminum. 59" x 24' 7 1/4" x 65" (150 x 750 x 165 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Bequest of Richard S. Zeisler and gift of Abby Aldrich Rockefeller (both by exchange) and gift of Kathy Fuld, Agnes Gund, Patricia Cisneros, Doris Fisher, Mimi Haas, Marie-Josée and Henry R. Kravis, and Emily Spiegel. © 2020 Judd Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Curator, Ann Temkin: This large piece from 1991, it's a very basic system of five columns and five rows in a variety of colors. These works you can see very clearly their construction because you can see the screws that put one box next to another.

Poet, John Yau: He really makes it so there's no focal point, right? How do you use all these colors? Not make it look arbitrary, and keep your interest. That’s pretty difficult.

Ann Temkin: John Yau is a long time writer on art and a poet.

John Yau: Because you start to see connections in the colors. As soon as you see that, your eye wanders off to another connection and you just keep looking, and then suddenly you're in another state of looking, which I would say is poetic [laughs] and it's not just purely analytical. And I think the poetry's the color. It's color that stands for itself.

Ann Temkin: We invite you to spend some time in the reading area outside the exhibition. This is filled with chairs and tables designed by Judd that were newly produced for this occasion. Furniture occupied a large part of his thinking about what he did, and he wanted there to be a connection between art and life.