Donald Judd was an influential American artist and theorist, born on June 3, 1928, in Excelsior Springs, Missouri, and passed away on February 12, 1994, in New York City. He is considered one of the major figures of minimalism, a contemporary art movement emphasizing simplicity, geometric forms, and the use of industrial materials.

Judd began his career as a painter but quickly became interested in three-dimensional works and started creating sculptures. He was one of the first artists to focus entirely on creating sculptures characterized by clean geometric shapes and a uniform industrial aesthetic.

A characteristic aspect of Judd’s work was his rejection of traditional presentation methods in the art world. He strongly believed in the direct relationship between the artwork and the space surrounding it and advocated for exhibiting his sculptures in a specific environment that he designed himself. This approach led to the development of his famous “Judd spaces,” in which his works were presented in carefully designed environments.

In addition to his artistic practice, Judd was also an influential writer and critic. He published numerous essays and critiques in which he articulated his ideas about art, aesthetics, and the role of the artist in society.

Donald Judd’s work continues to have a major influence on the contemporary art world, both due to his innovative approaches to materials and space and his philosophical and theoretical contributions to the discourse on art.