Magazine article Artforum International

Hudson

Magazine article Artforum International

Hudson

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HUDSON, who legally used only Hudson as his full name, died of natural causes at home in New York on February 10, 2014. In the weeks following his death, several prominent obituaries commemorated his unique persona and artistic vision as a gallerist. Hudson was a performance artist in the late 1970s and early '80s and received his MFA from the University of Cincinnati in 1977. He founded his gallery in 1984. The gallery was named Feature and was originally located in Chicago. In 1988, Hudson moved Feature to New York. Over the years, the gallery had several locations in Manhattan, and in 1994 it was relaunched as Feature Inc. Its last location was at 131 Allen Street.

In an age when success is equated with wealth and expansion, Hudson set a different example. He built a viable business that concentrated on showing art he felt was interesting and important for us to see. Hudson was successful in the deepest sense. When you viewed art at Feature, you viewed work that mattered to Hudson in an essential way. He used his intuition and eye consistently and with a degree of trust that inspired us to understand that real connoisseurship has little to do with privilege or class.

Hudson approached art not from taste or preference but from aesthetic judgment. This sounds simple, but it isn't, because his engagement with artwork was a dynamic, ongoing, and challenging process. He had confidence in his ability to see what he recognized as interesting art. …

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