"Donald Judd: Early Work 1955-1968"; Menil Collection, Houston. (Reviews)
Relyea, Lane, Artforum International
Donald Judd did not begin to produce mature, wholly distinctive works of art until shortly after his thirty-second birthday, in the summer of 1960. Or so the story is told in the artist's 1975 catalogue raisonne. "Early Work 1955-1968," curated by Thomas Kellein, director of the Kunsthalle Bielefeld (which co-organized the show with the Menil), gathers together paintings and drawings executed before the official oeuvre's clock started ticking. Offering itself as a missing prequel to the Judd epic, the exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue whose cover (in Judd's signature cadmium red) is an exact replica of the 1975 document, only half the size. It's the reisonne's Mini-Me.
Much of the interest here owes to the show's seeming promise to disclose a young Judd as closet painter, cavorting with palette and easel. Many of the works have never been allowed public viewing before or at least have not been shown since the '50s: Judd participated in three New York gallery …
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Publication information: Article title: "Donald Judd: Early Work 1955-1968"; Menil Collection, Houston. (Reviews). Contributors: Relyea, Lane - Author. Magazine title: Artforum International. Volume: 41. Issue: 9 Publication date: May 2003. Page number: 164. © 1999 Artforum International Magazine, Inc. COPYRIGHT 2003 Gale Group.
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