Chinati: The Vision of Donald Judd

Overview

The Chinati Foundation is widely considered one of the world’s most important destinations for experiencing large-scale contemporary art. It was founded by Donald Judd (1928–1994), whose specific ambition was to preserve and present a select number of permanent installations that were inextricably linked to the surrounding landscape. Chinati is located on 340 acres of desert on the site of former Fort D.A. Russell in Marfa, Texas. Construction and installation at the site began in 1979 with help from the Dia Art ...

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Overview

The Chinati Foundation is widely considered one of the world’s most important destinations for experiencing large-scale contemporary art. It was founded by Donald Judd (1928–1994), whose specific ambition was to preserve and present a select number of permanent installations that were inextricably linked to the surrounding landscape. Chinati is located on 340 acres of desert on the site of former Fort D.A. Russell in Marfa, Texas. Construction and installation at the site began in 1979 with help from the Dia Art Foundation, and it was opened to the public in 1986.

This handsome publication is the first comprehensive presentation of the Chinati Foundation’s collection in more than twenty years. The book describes how Judd developed his ideas of the role of art and museums from the early 1960s onward, culminating in the creation of Chinati (and including its two predecessors—his buildings in New York and his residence in Marfa). The individual installations at Chinati are presented in chronological order with stunning photography; these include work by John Chamberlain, Dan Flavin, David Rabinowitch, Roni Horn, Ilya Kabakov, Richard Long, Carl Andre, Claes Oldenburg and Coosje Van Bruggen, as well as Judd himself. His installations at Marfa include 15 outdoor works in concrete and 100 aluminum pieces housed in two carefully renovated artillery sheds. The book also features writings by Judd relating to Chinati and Marfa, and a complete catalogue of the collection.

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Editorial Reviews

Art & Auction
"This book, the first monograph on Chinati and first major catalogue of its holdings...communicates the rigor of Judd's Gesamtkunstwerk, uniting art, architecture, and the bleakly beautiful setting."—Art & Auction
Austin Chronicle

"Unbelievably, the first monograph on the project. . . . Stockebrand has captured the lush austerity of the artist''s Marfa project with detailed narrative and subtle, gorgeous photographs that reveal the elements at play in the artwork."—Cindy Widner, Austin Chronicle

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Dallas Art News
"Sumptuously illustrated."—Dallas Art News
Dyal Blog
"[A] must-have."—Dyal Blog
Austin Chronicle - Cindy Widner
"Unbelievably, the first monograph on the project. . . . Stockebrand has captured the lush austerity of the artist's Marfa project with detailed narrative and subtle, gorgeous photographs that reveal the elements at play in the artwork."—Cindy Widner, Austin Chronicle
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300169393
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2010
  • Pages: 328
  • Sales rank: 976,369
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 11.70 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Marianne Stockebrand is director of the Chinati Foundation. Rudi Fuchs is the former director of the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. Richard Shiff is professor and Effie Marie Cain Regents Chair in Art at the University of Texas.  Nicholas Serota is director of the Tate in London.

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