Donald Judd 101: the great artist in depth

Plus, Dia Art Foundation's curator Donna De Salvo on Duchamp’s Étant Donnés. Produced in association with Christie's

Donald Judd in Marfa, Texas, in 1993 © Laura Wilson

Donald Judd in Marfa, Texas, in 1993 © Laura Wilson

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A veritable Juddaganza: we focus on an artist who, before the coronavirus (Covid-19) forced museums and galleries to close, was set to be the subject of three exhibitions in New York this spring, Donald Judd.

We talk to Ann Temkin, curator of the big survey at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, the online version of which opens at on 23 April. We meet Flavin Judd, the artist’s son, to discuss the exhibition of his dad’s work at David Zwirner, which Flavin curated, and Judd’s artistic legacy. And in a special contribution, Roberta Smith, co-chief art critic at the New York Times reads the eulogy she gave at Judd’s memorial service in 1994 for the first time since that day.

The exterior of Duchamp's Étant donnés: 1° la chute d'eau, 2° le gaz d'éclairage . . . (Given: 1. The Waterfall, 2. The Illuminating Gas . . . ) (1946-66) © Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris / Succession Marcel Duchamp. Philadelphia Museum of Art: Gift of the Cassandra Foundation, 1969

Meanwhile, in the latest of our series exploring lonely works in museums that have closed due to the coronavirus, Donna De Salvo senior adjunct curator of special projects at the Dia Foundation, chooses Marcel Duchamp’s Étant Donnés, in the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

• You can read a review of MoMA's exhibition Judd here.

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