Donald Judd / Donald Judd (1928 – 1994)

June 17 to July 12, 2019

The first exhibition with Donald Judd at Galerie Verna was held from December 18, 1973 to February 21, 1974. This was followed by an intensive and profound connection between the artist and the gallery that endured until 1994.

From 1984 to 1987, a new group of works that thoroughly broke with custom was created in Switzerland, fabricated by Lehni AG in Dübendorf near Zurich. Between 1986 and 1994, a second production site came into service in the Canton of Aargau in Central Switzerland by the name of Aluminium AG Menziken.

The gallery helped to locate and facilitate these production opportunities at industrial enterprises with the support of the artist and product designer Andreas Christen (1936 – 2006).

Donald Judd valued the precise and professional mode of production that was available to him in these facilities. At each site, a number of highly trained technicians worked on his objects and Judd always welcomed their expert advice. It was the realization of his ideal vision of the pro-duction site of the works as an extension of the contemporary artist’s studio.

In the innovative 1960s, Donald Judd made a radical decision. The production of artworks should move beyond the romantic model of the atelier artist and adopt the mode of fabrication employed for utilitarian objects. The creation of art should no longer be the result and hence a testimonial to the craftsmanship of the artist. He found it sentimental and unfitting that the personal imprint of the artist should be the guarantor of a work’s quality.

The invention of the work occurred on the basis of a process demanding intellectual clarity and the reflected penetration of the creative act. The conscious decisions and necessary definitions on the part of the artist thus enabled the success of the work. For Judd this emancipation of the contemporary artist from an overpowering past was a condition for the modernization of fine art.

The Judd exhibition that we will be presenting in the coming weeks forms the focal point of the gallery’s 2019 art year. With this show, we look forward to highlighting the fifty years of activity of the Annemarie Verna Galerie.

We thank Ellie Meyer and Flavin Judd at the Judd Foundation for their encouragement and support of our project.

All images you can see in the lightbox too.

Installation views

Donald Judd / Donald Judd (1928 – 1994)

Installation view room 4

Donald Judd / Donald Judd (1928 – 1994)

Installation view room 4

Donald Judd / Donald Judd (1928 – 1994)

Installation view room 1

Donald Judd / Donald Judd (1928 – 1994)

Installation view room 1

Donald Judd / Donald Judd (1928 – 1994)

Installation view room 1

Donald Judd / Donald Judd (1928 – 1994)

Installation view room 1

Donald Judd / Donald Judd (1928 – 1994)

Installation view room 2

Donald Judd / Donald Judd (1928 – 1994)

Installation view room 2

Donald Judd / Donald Judd (1928 – 1994)

Installation view room 2

Donald Judd / Donald Judd (1928 – 1994)

Installation view room 2

Donald Judd / Donald Judd (1928 – 1994)

Installation view room 3

Donald Judd / Donald Judd (1928 – 1994)

Installation view room 3

Donald Judd / Donald Judd (1928 – 1994)

Installation view room 3

Donald Judd / Donald Judd (1928 – 1994)

Installation view room 4

Donald Judd / Donald Judd (1928 – 1994)

Installation view office room
Photos by Thomas Cugini, Zürich

Donald Judd / Donald Judd (1928 – 1994)

Installation view office room
Photos by Thomas Cugini, Zürich

Donald Judd / Donald Judd (1928 – 1994)

Installation view office room
Photos by Thomas Cugini, Zürich

Works

Donald Judd / Untitled (89-48)  1989  50 x 100 x 50 cm douglas fir plywood

Untitled (89-48)
1989
50 x 100 x 50 cm
douglas fir plywood

Donald Judd / Untitled  1979  49.5 x 114.3 x 77.5 cm douglas fir plywood with painted bottom (burned siena)

Untitled
1979
49.5 x 114.3 x 77.5 cm
douglas fir plywood with painted bottom (burned siena)

Donald Judd / Untitled  1979  49.5 x 114.3 x 77.5 cm douglas fir plywood with painted bottom (burned siena)

Untitled
1979
49.5 x 114.3 x 77.5 cm
douglas fir plywood with painted bottom (burned siena)

Donald Judd / Untitled  1979  49.5 x 114.3 x 77.5 cm douglas fir plywood with painted bottom (burned siena)

Untitled
1979
49.5 x 114.3 x 77.5 cm
douglas fir plywood with painted bottom (burned siena)

Donald Judd / Untitled (91-156)  1991  25 x 100 x 25 cm Clear anodized aluminium with transparent yellow over black acrylic sheets

Untitled (91-156)
1991
25 x 100 x 25 cm
Clear anodized aluminium with transparent yellow over black acrylic sheets

Donald Judd / Untitled (91-156)  1991  25 x 100 x 25 cm Clear anodized aluminium with transparent yellow over black acrylic sheets

Untitled (91-156)
1991
25 x 100 x 25 cm
Clear anodized aluminium with transparent yellow over black acrylic sheets

Donald Judd / Untitled (91-88)  1991  25 x 100 x 25 cm Clear anodized aluminium with dark transparent grey acrylic sheet

Untitled (91-88)
1991
25 x 100 x 25 cm
Clear anodized aluminium with dark transparent grey acrylic sheet

Donald Judd / Untitled (91-88)  1991  25 x 100 x 25 cm Clear anodized aluminium with dark transparent grey acrylic sheet

Untitled (91-88)
1991
25 x 100 x 25 cm
Clear anodized aluminium with dark transparent grey acrylic sheet

Donald Judd / Untitled  1992  25 x 25 x 100 cm douglas fir plywood and amber plexiglass

Untitled
1992
25 x 25 x 100 cm
douglas fir plywood and amber plexiglass

Donald Judd / Untitled  1992  25 x 25 x 100 cm douglas fir plywood and amber plexiglass

Untitled
1992
25 x 25 x 100 cm
douglas fir plywood and amber plexiglass

Donald Judd / Untitled  1976  35.7 x 43 cm Pencil on paper

Untitled
1976
35.7 x 43 cm
Pencil on paper

Donald Judd / Untitled  1987  24 x 48 cm pencil on paper

Untitled
1987
24 x 48 cm
pencil on paper

Donald Judd / Untitled  1964  27 x 34 cm marker on paper

Untitled
1964
27 x 34 cm
marker on paper

Donald Judd / Untitled  1964 ca. 27 x 35.5 cm pencil on paper

Untitled
1964 ca.
27 x 35.5 cm
pencil on paper

Donald Judd / Untitled  1964 ca. 28 x 34.5 cm pencil and felt tip pen on paper

Untitled
1964 ca.
28 x 34.5 cm
pencil and felt tip pen on paper

Donald Judd / Untitled  1963  27.5 x 35.5 cm pencil on paper

Untitled
1963
27.5 x 35.5 cm
pencil on paper

Donald Judd / Untitled  1982  56 x 78 cm pencil on paper

Untitled
1982
56 x 78 cm
pencil on paper

Donald Judd / Untitled  1978  55.8 x 76.2 cm graphite on paper

Untitled
1978
55.8 x 76.2 cm
graphite on paper

Donald Judd / Untitled (82-12)  1982  100 x 100 x 32 cm aluminium and purple plexiglass (3 parts)

Untitled (82-12)
1982
100 x 100 x 32 cm
aluminium and purple plexiglass
(3 parts)

Donald Judd / Untitled (82-12)  1982  100 x 100 x 32 cm aluminium and purple plexiglass (3 parts)

Untitled (82-12)
1982
100 x 100 x 32 cm
aluminium and purple plexiglass
(3 parts)