This specific object. A great book is so much more than its content. This catalogue raisonne of all works from 1960-1974 could just be an illustrated, annotated inventory but it isn't. It is a book of feeling and intuition and art and industry and above all else looks really cool!
For Sidney and Jane. 9 Dec 76. Don Judd didn't sign a lot of books. If he did they were most often inscribed to friends and colleagues. Sidney and Jane are Sidney and Jane Harman.
Sidney was a multi-millionaire Canadian engineer and entrepreneur. His career began with the launch of the world's first integrated hifi and ended with the purchase of Newsweek. Jane, who obviously loves orange (click the link), was a member of the US Congress until as recently as 2011. This was their book.
What's not to like? Judd never considered himself a minimalist but what he did do was get it right and then remove everything else that might not be right. So all that there is is perfect.
It is not the
Dali Cookbook that's for sure! The book is so clean and clear in its art direction that it becomes part of the work. So much so that the last entry in the book really should be this book. Click
this link to see more. Hit the orange button below to buy. And the * in the title of this page does of course refer to the one other orange superbook - Grace Coddington's
Grace Thirty Years of Fashion at Vogue. We only just remembered it! You can buy that
on this link.
Not just colour but clutter! At least by Judd's standards. His live/work spaces - this studio on East 19th Street, followed Spring Street and Marfa, Texas - are increasingly considered as important and, certainly as popular, as the art itself. Of course they are the art itself. As is this book. All of it. Art.