The Judd House

 

 

 

In many instances, the venue of a private museum is as compelling as its contents.  This certainly is the case with Donald Judd’s former home and studio, now his museum, in New York City.  Often called the “leader of Minimalism”, a title he vociferously denied, Mr. Judd was nevertheless considered “one of the most significant artists of the twentieth century, whose radical ideas and work continue to provoke and influence the field of art, architecture, and design”.  As he himself said, he “sought autonomy and clarity for the constructed object and space created by it”.  He was a cerebral artist, art critic, and art “philosopher” whose works, writings, and radical ideas rejected both traditional painting and sculpture.  His focus was always on the concept of the object as it exists in its environment; on geometric and modular creations he called “specific objects”.

 

In 1968 Mr. Judd bought a cast-iron building that had been designed by Nicholas Whyte in 1870 at 101 Spring Street, in what was then known as the Cast Iron District in New York’s bohemian Greenwich Village, now gentrified and known as SoHo, to work, sleep, and live in.  The 8,500 square-foot property with 7,500 square feet of glass and cast iron provided Judd and his then wife and two children with plenty of room in which to live as well as for Judd to create and install his works and those of many of his fellow artists that he bought or had commissioned.  The Judd House contains 200 of these works of art and furniture, his own as well as, among others, those of Jean Arp, Claes Oldenburg, Stuart Davis, Marcel Duchamp, Dan Flavin, Frank Stella, and Alvar Aalto.

 

Although he moved to Marfa, Texas with his family in 1972, where he lived and worked until his death in 1994, he also maintained his New York residence.  Following his death, his two children, Flavin and Rainer, created a foundation they run with a board to enable the preservation and exhibition of Judd’s works and collections in New York City and Marfa, Texas as Judd’s private museums and archives. 

 

The 101 Spring Street 90-minute visit, led by artist guides, is doubly gratifying for seeing both Mr. Judd’s very special cast iron home and feeling his presence among the 2000 art and household objects he treasured.

 

101 Spring Street, New York, NY 10012  

Tel: 212-219-2747   www.juddfoundation.org

 

Visits by Appointment Only:  Maximum 8 persons per visit

Hours: Tues., Thurs., Fri.: 1:00PM, 3:00PM, 5:00PM

             Sat. 11:00AM, 1:00PM, 2:00PM, 4:00PM

 





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