Exhibition of the week: Donald Judd, David Zwirner Gallery, London W1
The Independent’s former comment editor, Adrian Hamilton writes a weekly column largely on international affairs with particular focus on the Middle East, Iran and foreign policy issues. Before joining the paper he was deputy editor of the Observer newspaper.
Friday 23 August 2013
The American artist Donald Judd is one of the most significant postwar sculptors, but the British have always found him a cerebral minimalist. Judge for yourself in the first gallery showing of Judd's work in Britain in 15 years.
It features only seven works in three rooms, but these "boxes" and wall-mounted cubes are spaciously presented. When they are given room, you understand that these are exercises not in form but in space and light: they draw you into spaces where light and the play of shadow and depth become a texture in themselves.
There is something about an open box that impels you to try and search out its corners: just stand and let them work on you.
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