On Thursday Aug. 29th, The Pulitzer & KDHX presented Sound Waves, a unique collaboration syncing music and visual art. Opening and closing the night was DJ Kate with sets of minimal, techno and other electronic sounds specifically mixed to complement Donald Judd’s pared-down, industrial approach to art making. Electronic/Drone Duo OU OÚ provided a live performance, pitch perfect against the enameled aluminum surfaces of Judd’s multicolored objects. The Pulitzer building was designed by self-taught Japanese Architect Tadao Ando. Built in 2001, the speakers of the space are located in the floor, this placement mixed with the large scale of the intersecting rectangle main rooms, providing rich sound acoustics.
Judd fundamentally revised his approach to color in 1984, after discovering an industrial process through which thin sheets of aluminum could be bent and enameled into a myriad of hues derived from a standardized, commercial color chart — the RAL. In response, he created an extraordinary body of work that forms the core of this exhibition. Donald Judd: The Multicolored Works offers an unprecedented overview of the artist’s heightened engagement with the subject of color during the last decade of his life. Drawn from public and private collections in Europe and the United States, the exhibition brings together more than 20 three-dimensional objects representing nearly every kind of multicolored work Judd made in terms of size and type. This includes wall-mounted works that range from 60 to 360 centimeters in length, installed at either eye-level or high above ground, as well as one of only six large freestanding multicolored pieces. The exhibition also features 30 drawings and collages, which offer visitors an opportunity to witness Judd’s creative process.
The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts presents the first exhibition devoted exclusively to Donald Judd’s multicolored works. The exhibition features an extraordinary group of objects created by Judd between 1984 and 1992 that are characterized by his ever-evolving engagement with the subject of color. Over 50 works, including wall pieces and a large floor piece from private and public collections across the United States and Europe and never-exhibited-before collages and drawings from the Judd Foundation’s archive in Marfa, Texas, are featured. Curated by Marianne Stockebrand, the former director of the Chinati Foundation, Donald Judd: The Multicolored Works is on view from May 10, 2013 to January 4, 2014. The exhibition is free and open to the public.