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Donald Judd
June 3, 1928 - February 12, 1994
Nationality: American
Category: Artist
Subcategory: American Artist

And then we moved to New Jersey and I went to the Art Students League.


Most art is fragile and some should be placed and never moved away.


I think most of the art now is involved with a denial of any kind of absolute morality, or general morality.


I think some of the things I deal with Hopper probably has dealt with also, since it's somewhat the same environment and I have pretty strong reactions to what this country looks like. It looks pretty dull and spare, and you like this and dislike it and it's very complicated.


The attitude and capacity of the factory, the old metal table and the new ideas of the wooden furniture quickly and naturally suggested the possibility of metal furniture.


After all, the work isn't the point; the piece is.


Well, its very exasperating when you can't get it right.


They certainly aren't connected with the old geometric art. My work isn't geometric in that sense.


There's probably more in the American tradition than people give the place credit for.


Well, there's a morality in that you want your work to be good, I suppose.


I don't think geometric art is... I don't like to call it that. I don't think it's any more pure than pop art or anything else. It doesn't have anything to do with purity.


Well, I am not interested in the kind of expression that you have when you paint a painting with brush strokes. It's all right, but it's already done and I want to do something new.


Stuart Davis has more to do with what the United States is like than Hopper.


Building is just skilled labor, I suppose. It's a lot of work. I don't mind other people building them, but the way things go together and are made is interesting to me; I like that a lot.


Tolstoy may not be showing that much of Russia at that time even. It's hard to tell. You tend to associate the quality of the period with what's lasted - what's still good. And that quality becomes the whole period.


I pay a lot of attention to how things are done and the whole activity of building something is interesting.


And that Newman wasn't, and yet to me Pollock is just as radical and unlike Expressionism as Newman.


Well, I don't think anyone now would say that they're painting the state of the culture of America. I think that's too grand and pompous a thing for anybody to claim.


Well, in any art there are a lot of technical things that you can get to like.


But I think you have to - whatever the environment looks like, it does enter into people's art work one way or another; it's very remote or it isn't. It's remote in my work but it has to have a certain degree of ordinariness.


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