Sunday, February 12, 2017

L.A. Wins a Donald Judd Dinette Set

Donald Judd, Prototype Desk and Chairs, 1978-1980, jointly owned by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, purchased for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art with funds provided by Kelvin Davis in honor his brother, Paul Davis through the 2011 Collectors Committee; purchased for the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens with funds provided by Kelvin Davis and the Virginia Steele Scott Foundation Acquisition Fund for American Art. Donald Judd Furniture © 2017 Judd Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
LACMA and the Huntington have jointly acquired two knotty pine chairs (1979-80) that Donald Judd designed for his children's use in Marfa, Texas. They go with the Prototype Desk (1978) that LACMA acquired in 2011. The suite will debut at the Huntington in 2018 and thereafter alternate between the two institutions.
The purchase augments a group of pivotal modern furnishings at both museums, starting with an Arthur Mackmurdo Century Guild Dining Chair (1883, below) that is also jointly owned.
LACMA has two Judd sculptures, including the monumental Untitled (for Leo Castelli), 1977, installed in the neglected, tar-pit-adjacent sculpture garden east of the Bing Center. The Prototype Chairs are the first Judd works for the Huntington collection. (Huntington curator Kevin Salatino asked architect Frederick Fisher to "imagine that Donald Judd was a Shaker" in designing the new Jonathan and Karin Fielding Wing.)
Frederick Fisher's shelving for early American boxes in the Huntington's Fielding Wing. Photo: Fredrik Nilsen

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