Donald Judd: Specific Furniture

Pieces created by the artist go on show at SFMoMA


From July 19, 2018 until November 4, 2018
On view at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), Donald Judd: Specific Furniture will look beyond Judd’s work in sculpture, which he called “specific objects,” to examine his furniture design as its own practice, independent from his artworks.
This exhibition will also bring together Judd’s furniture with designs he owned and admired, as well as newly fabricated Judd pieces that visitors can use outside the gallery.
These range from tables to desks, and chairs to beds – but all follow Judd's characteristic utilitarian form that became part of a system of designs demonstrating his philosophy of usability.
“Judd’s rigorous research and exploration of form and scale in his artworks extended into his interests in design and architecture. Truly a spatial practice, Judd’s holistic approach to the objects that he created and surrounded himself with is evident in his refined, if not nuanced, works,” – Joseph Becker, associate curator of architecture and design at SFMOMA.
Donald Judd: Specific Furniture will features approximately 30 pieces of furniture and 25 drawings, along with eight newly fabricated Judd designs, including four chairs, two benches, a stool and a combined seat/table/shelf. Produced by Donald Judd Furniture through the Judd Foundation using the same furniture fabricators and materials that Judd used during this lifetime, these pieces will be located on SFMOMA’s sixth-floor landing adjacent to the Architecture and Design gallery for visitors to touch and sit on before and after the viewing the exhibition.
Specific Furniture is on show until 4 November.