SAIC faculty member David Raskin sheds light on Donald Judd’s artistic legacy.
SAIC faculty member David Raskin sheds light on Donald Judd’s artistic legacy.
January 27

The Reluctant Minimalist

On January 10 New York’s Villager newspaper highlighted the reopening of Donald Judd’s former home and studio this spring, surveying the artist’s “footprint in Soho” and detailing his “process of delegating the fabrication of his works.” Writer Gary Sharpiro consults David Raskin, professor and chair of the department of Art History, Theory, and Criticism at SAIC—and the author of the first monograph devoted to Judd, published by Yale University Press in 2010—for the article. Raskin explains, “such delegation was also a deliberate attempt to prevent the handwork of the artist from having expression.” Raskin also describes the artist’s perception of his own work, stating, “Judd did not consider himself a Minimalist, but of course everyone calls him one. It’s common for critics to coin names and for artists to reject them.”