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Donald Judd, Untitled

Donald Judd, Untitled , 1969, ten copper units, each 9 x 40 x 31 inches with 9 inch intervals (Guggenheim Museum, New York).Speakers: Dr. Shana Gallagher-Lindsay, Dr. Beth Harris. Created by Beth Harris and Steven Zucker.

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  • aqualine ultimate style avatar for user Pipob Puthipiroj
    Minimalism confuses me sometimes.
    What is the purpose of minimalism art?
    Is minimalism art supposed to invoke any emotions? If so, which ones?
    What separates minimalism from what furniture you usually find in a house?
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  • leaf green style avatar for user 福龍丸
    After watching some of these modern art videos, it struck me.

    In the spirit of all these modern and contemporary art creations brought and explained to us by SmartHistory and KA, striving to make this community a more lively one, and despite being aware that some people may consider this troll-ish behavior, I, 福龍丸, on November 8, 2012, at approximately 22 :07 GMT, declare this post and every entry in the Questions and Tips & Feedback areas below this video a work of art. By making your contribution in any of the above areas, you are guaranteed not only your permanence in eternity, but also the title of an information age artist. I claim no copyright for the outcome or the original idea. This will be an ever-evolving piece of art that gets perpetually more complex, like the Internet or human civilization, and its purpose is to reflect the above in an infinitely smaller scale. So please, go on!
    Title of the artwork: "Answer this question..."

    I hope you enjoy!

    Update as of 1st March, 2013: As time goes by, I'm starting to believe all of Khan Academy deserves to be thought of as a collective artwork, reaching far beyond what the separate artists/contributors could manage by themselves.
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  • purple pi purple style avatar for user Emilia Fredrickson
    So now a shelving unit is art? I don't understand the overall purpose. What does it stand for? How is it supposed to make me feel? The only part the artist had in creating this was thinking up the idea, ordering some boxes from a factory, and writing instructions for it to be hung in an art gallery. How does this embody the idea of art?
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    • leaf green style avatar for user Christian Harder
      Art isn't supposed to "make you feel" some specific way.

      Just as in life, we encounter the object and react to it in a way that is particular to us, the viewer/perceiver. The uniqueness of this reaction is where much of the beauty of the experience of art lies.

      Hopefully, we don't visit galleries, museums, and libraries to have tyrannies of thought and emotion systematically imposed upon us. Maybe you do--seems sort of unimaginative though.

      If this piece doesn't do it for you, look elsewhere--but not for painters who tell you how to feel.
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  • blobby green style avatar for user Ivan
    This might not be the best place to put it, but I just have to ask. Why havent you used a higher quality pictures in these videos? The story, and this whole idea are great, but lack of good visual material is such a shame. I would really love to see some better pictures and animations.
    And, thank you for this wonderful contribution to worlds art.
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  • female robot ada style avatar for user Katey Gordon
    Do you think this person intentionally had not give a title to his art work?
    Personally from my view I think the fact he didn't makes others experience his masterpiece in a whole new way in fact maybe enlightening others to create a conversation to contemplate his philosophy behind this masterpiece.
    Here's what I feel with this masterpiece
    1. I noticed how his artwork is very structured and he uses symmetry was he trying to convey the expectations of Society and having these spacings showing the imperfections.
    2. There is definitely beauty in this workmanship but with no actual title I am trying to understand his philosophy behind this.
    3.How does this invoke my emotions? I see joy like a view of sunshine a ray of light amount the shadows most of the simplicity brings a statement from this work that Nature has natural beauty in itself now all these emotions could simply be my own personal experiences tide in to the art he conveys.
    What are you thoughts about this ?
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  • aqualine ultimate style avatar for user Jethro Valencia Sanchez
    What do minimalism relate to? Is it suppose to relate to our modern world?
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  • blobby green style avatar for user esther69telefonica
    Es podrie comfondres amb el censui o cen
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Video transcript

[MUSIC PLAYING] SPEAKER 1: We're looking at a sculpture that, in many ways doesn't really seem to be-- SPEAKER 2: A sculpture. SPEAKER 1: Right. SPEAKER 2: It's not free standing. SPEAKER 1: It's not. It's more like a relief. SPEAKER 2: But it's not really a relief. SPEAKER 1: Not really, because there's no background it's attached to. SPEAKER 2: And they're isolated units, all the same. SPEAKER 1: That's right. This is a work by Donald Judd, and it's a piece of minimalist sculpture, and it was done in 1969, and it's an untitled work. He would have had the exact same form replicated over and over again. So each one of those boxes that you see there were not made by him, and it was also made in a factory. So it has a kind of a machine-made aesthetic to it. SPEAKER 2: It somehow seems like it's made to, sort of, interact in the space of a gallery. SPEAKER 1: Absolutely. In fact, he's very specific in giving instructions on how to hang this, how to attach it to the wall. That each one be spaced 6 inches apart. And usually, the first time it was made, it was supposed to be evenly spaced all the way to the ceiling. So it would be somewhat dictated by the height by the normal height of the ceiling. Of course, that would change depending on what space you're hanging it. SPEAKER 2: But this one doesn't do that. SPEAKER 1: I think that's because the photograph that you're looking at, in particular. SPEAKER 2: It's made of something that has a reflective surface. SPEAKER 1: High sheen to it, the outside of it is brass and then, it's difficult to see here, but there are plexi kind of Windows that are the tops of each one of these boxes. So you can see through it. And sometimes, depending on which piece it is, they're intensely colored like pink or kind of a yellowish color or translucent. So it interacts with the space and creates a kind of a shadow and coloristic effect on the wall, the blank wall of the gallery. SPEAKER 2: So should we be thinking back here to sculptures made of bronze? SPEAKER 1: I think so, but also the negation of that. One of the things that Judd and other minimalists are trying to do are to be of their time. So there's that whole tradition that he's continuing of modern art, you know, where you choose the materials and the themes of your own time. And here, to choose something that is brass, which can be used in older art, but to make it look like it's sheet metal, something that comes out of a factory. And in fact, is not made by him, but made by other workers, is very important, and the plexi is an altogether new material. SPEAKER 2: So it really speaks to our factory, industrial culture. SPEAKER 1: Exactly, and it is what it is. It doesn't disguise itself. He's very explicit about not trying to make illusionistic art. So he doesn't want to make a sculpture look like a person or a space that isn't there. And so they're clearly boxes and the plexi allows you to see that they're not solid. So there's a clarity and a literal quality that he wants to bring out. SPEAKER 2: And it also reminds me of skyscraper, other kinds of modernist forms. SPEAKER 1: Right and does evoke that and just the sheer replication of the same form over and over again. SPEAKER 2: Very modern. SPEAKER 1: It suggests machine production and one thing being-- SPEAKER 2: Going shopping and seeing everything the same in the grocery store. SPEAKER 1: Exactly. SPEAKER 2: 900 versions of the same thing. SPEAKER 1: Right. Kind of a product-like quality to it. It's easy to see how the clean qualities of it, the shininess of it, and also the plexi. Maybe at first glance, it seems oversimplified, but on further scrutiny, there's a lot of color and reflection and light at play. [MUSIC PLAYING]