Donald Judd at Ikon

Selected designs from the first major UK exhibition devoted to the furniture of this celebrated artist
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Donald Judd, Bench No. 53

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Donald Judd, A Good Chair is a Good Chair (2010) Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, UK

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Donald Judd, A Good Chair is a Good Chair (2010) Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, UK

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Donald Judd, Bookshelf

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Donald Judd, Bookshelf

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Donald Judd, A Good Chair is a Good Chair (2010) Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, UK

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Donald Judd, Chair

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Donald Judd, A Good Chair is a Good Chair (2010) Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, UK

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Donald Judd, Arm Chair No. 47

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Donald Judd, A Good Chair is a Good Chair (2010) Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, UK

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Donald Judd, Reflective Armchair

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Donald Judd, A Good Chair is a Good Chair (2010) Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, UK

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''The configuration and the scale of art cannot be transported into furniture and architecture. The intent of art is different from that of the latter...A work of art exists as itself; a chair exists as a chair itself. And the idea of a chair isn't a chair...' Donald Judd, It's Hard to Find a Good Lamp, 1993.

A celebrated artist and architect whose work changed the course of modern sculpture, Donald Judd came to furniture design only mid-way through his career in response to the practical concern of trying to furnish his small house in Texas. The opportunity provided the solution to the problems he had previously had in trying to marry art with a functional object. The answer? Keep the two separate.

As the clean and simple designs on view in the Ikon Gallery's new exhibition: A good chair is a good chair demonstrate, this rigid adherence to practicality in furniture design was a quality that Judd retained for the rest of his life.

As well as a number of early prototypes made by Judd himself, the show also features a desk, chair and bookshelf dating from 1984, when Judd's designs had become more commercially orientated, as well as ten chairs made to a design that he created just four years before his death, in 1991. 


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