(Donald Judd piece on far right, surrounded by other famous minimalist pieces I don't know the names of)
I've been a mildly warm, some-what enthusiastic fan of Donald Judd for the past 4 or 5 years. But, I've never really been that "in" to the kind of minimal-sculptural... stuff, that his art gets categorized into. Recently in a class, we talked about how, and I hadn't been aware of this until now, he was really into the 60s zen wave and would claim that his pieces were all about that.
It's not that I don't believe it- more so, I just don't think that whatever it was that he claimed the pieces were about even matters. His work is sculpture, but in a very modern architecture-influenced sort of way (they're like cute little Mies Van der Rohe pop art replicas- painted cool colors and illuminated). However, that
view that I have towards him, that it doesn't even matter what he was thinking, is both, a very modern mindset towards viewing art, and not something I apply to most of the art that I study.
Theory aside, the art speaks for itself: you either like it or you don't. If you like 90' angles and basic euclidean geometric elements, then you probably will. If your sculptural taste veers more towards the curvilinear and you like pieces to be more than one color, then you might not. If you like objective art with a narrative, then don't waste your time looking at the pictures under the cut.
here are some other sites that give nice, brief commentaries on his art/aesthetic philosophy:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald_Juddhttp://www.walkerart.org/archive/F/AD7379EFF90772606175.htmhttp://www.tate.org.uk/modern/exhibitions/judd/http://www.guggenheimcollection.org/site/artist_bio_70.htmlhttp://www.artsconnected.org/artsnetmn/whatsart/judd.html