Art Journal, College Art Association, New York, Vol. 77, no. 3 Fall 2018

The Power of Inclusion in Donald Judd’s Art: Observations by an Artist, Gail Hastings, pp. 48-62.
Artist’s Project: Space Practising Tools, Gail Hastings, pp. 63-75.

Gail Hastings notes that sometimes artworks seem to be reticent teachers, “muttering a lesson,” which we have to pry out of them. As both an artist and scholar reading the material and spatial in Donald Judd’s sculpture Untitled (DSS 33), Hastings rejects this metaphor, stating …

Rebecca M. Brown, ’In This Issue: Muttering and Listening‘, editorial, Art Journal, College Art Association, New York, Vol. 77, no. 3 Fall 2018.

… with and through Judd’s work and words that “The knowledge we therefore seek of Dss 33’s space cannot be found as a critically apt, well-packaged utterance detachable from the work. It is found, instead, in the reciprocal movement of the work’s self-determination, the ‘living force of its existence,’ forever in process of creating space while perpetually wading through the ‘natural confusion’ of life this embroils.” (A pause, here, to agree whole-heartedly with Hastings’s formulation while reconizing it as, indeed, a well-packaged utterance of the highest calibre, one that does not deliver a didactic lesson.)

Rebecca M. Brown, ’In This Issue: Muttering and Listening‘, editorial, Art Journal, College Art Association, New York, Vol. 77, no. 3 Fall 2018.

See: The Power of Inclusion in Donald Judd’s Art: Observations by an Artist