Reviewing the work of a minimalist who was also an architect. "Obdurate Space: Architecture of Donald Judd"

Reviewing the work of a minimalist who was also an architect. "Obdurate Space: Architecture of Donald Judd"
AIA New York [NYC] USA 14.11.2017 > 05.03.2018
metalocus, JOSÉ JUAN BARBA
Interior view of 9 meter concrete building. Drawing by Claude Armstrong

Artist, designer and ... architect? The late Donald Judd is an artist known in the world of minimalist art, and many are familiar with his foray into furniture design; however, a recent exhibition that opened last week at the New York Center for Architecture has set out to spread a lesser-known aspect of Judd's prolific work. "Obdurate Space: Architecture of Donald Judd" is the first exhibition dedicated exclusively to its architectural proposals, both rendered and realized. Curated by two architects with personal knowledge of the artist, Claude Armstrong and Donna Cohen, Judd's collaborators in the 1980s, the program details five projects, designed to live and work according to Judd's ideas.

The Center for Architecture opened last week the exhibition "Obdurate Space: Architecture of Donald Judd"  curated and designed by Claude Armstrong, Architect and Donna Cohen, Associate Professor at the University of Florida, co-founders of Armstrong + Cohen Architecture. The exhibition present built and unrealized architecture projects by one of the most important artists of the 20th Century.

The exhibition reveals how drawing and building cultures impacted his art and suggests how his work has influenced contemporary architecture.

"Obdurate Space: Architecture of Donald Judd" details five selected built projects and proposals, both published and unpublished, for architecture designed between 1984 and 1994 within a threefold thematic framework, providing a window into Judd’s body of architectural work.

“In Marfa, Claude and I were known as ‘the kids’. If we were kids then, now we are grown, and with 30 years of perspective from continued work in architecture, we are ready to share and learn more about Judd’s more

Claude Armstrong, AIA, LEED AP, Armstron
g + Cohen Architecture Donna Cohen, Associate Professor University of Florida, Armstrong + Cohen Architecture
Graphic Design
Edith Gibbs Williams
Center for Architecture.
536 LaGuardia Place. New York, NY 10012. USA T 212-683-0023
November 14, 2017 - March 5, 2018