Sunday, May 30, 2010

Donald Judd: an artist's library legacy

Inside Donald Judd's Library in New York is an article from the New York Times where you can learn about the an interesting project for the creation of a, Donald Judd's own library with personal arrangement of books and catalogues, but virtual and that have required taken 672 photographs of the interior of the real building and a "custom software" to allow you browse through the titles and after indentifying a book the software tells where to find the book for borrowing, since the Judd's Library does not lend books.  technology is helping to bridge gaps between learning and places.

The library is part of the legacy of minimalist artist Donald Judd (1928 Excelsior Springs, MI -1994 Mara, TX), who lived in the building until 1972 when he decided to move to Marfa, TX but maintaining also residence in NY.  After his death in 1996, and in accordance with his last will, it was created the Judd Foundation in New York "to maintain and preserve Donald Judd's permanently installed living and working spaces, libraries, and archives in New York and Texas. The Foundation is dedicated to promoting a wider understanding of and appreciation for Judd’s artistic legacy by facilitating public access to these spaces and resources, and by developing scholarly and educational programs" (Judd Foundation's mission statement)
(photo courtesy of Judd Foundation)

There is a second institution part of the Judd Foundation, The Chinati Foundation in Marfa, TX, that after 1972 was to be his permanent residence and studio "is a contemporary art museum based upon ideas of its founder, Donald Judd, to preserve and present to the public permanent large-scale installations" (Chinati Foundation's mission statement).  
The Judd Foundation in New York administers the private spaces and also the furniture store selling Judd's own furniture designs.  The store is illustrate by Judd's article from 1993, "It's hard to find a good lamp", where the artist expose his ideas about designing furniture.
(photo courtesy of Chinati Foundation)

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