The art of a chair is not its resemblance to art, but is partly its reasonableness, usefulness and scale as a chair. These are proportion, which is visible reasonableness. The art in art is partly the assertion of someone’s interest regardless of other considerations. A work of art exists as itself; a chair exists as a chair itself. And the idea of a chair isn’t a chair.
— Donald Judd
Donald Judd was an influential American artist known for his large-scale and unadorned sculptures. Though considered by many to be an important figure of Minimalist Art, Judd disavowed this classification. His furniture and sculptures explored the specific natures of objects, their spatiality, and their relationship to the viewer. Born on June 3, 1928 in Excelsior Springs, MO, the artist and writer moved to New York to pursue a degree in philosophy at Columbia University while attending the Art Students League in the evenings. Like his peers Tony Smith, Dan Flavin, and Robert Morris, Judd carefully considered the environment to which his sculpture were introduced. The artist died on February 12, 1994 in New York, NY at the age of 65. Along with his two former residences in New York and Marfa, TX, which offer permanent displays of his work, Judd is also represented in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, and the Tate Gallery in London, among other institutions.