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Donald Judd, or Cheap Furniture? (2007) - Graydon Parrish and Mikhail Simkin

By John Michael Boling

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Vijay Pattisapu 7 years agoReply

When I scored 100% I clenched my fist and whispered "yes!" like a 6-year-old, then, "what the hell am I doing?" (like a 16-year-old?). Apparently it's eminently possible to be connoisseur of Judd's furniture like 18th/19th century aristocrats were of Chippendale's, inasmuch as, independently of the heady theoretical advances in Judd's overall corpus, ideas that he was always approaching but never fully materialized, those sketches would be foraged on or coincidentally met with by fashion. In 1850 Sainte-Beuve drew attention to how, in Hungary, Poland, and Russia, Balzac's novels created a fashion: the strange, rich (and even historically meaningful?) furniture that was assembled and arranged, according to the novelist's fancy, out of the artistic productions of many countries and epochs, became engrossed as numerous wealthy persons prided themselves on possessing what the author had merely imagined. The interior of their houses was adorned a la Balzac. I don't know if that is an appropriate analogy to Judd and Wal-Mart (probably not).

The piece calls to mind Roald Dahl's short story "Parson's Pleasure" ( http://is.gd/6Cte ).

Nice work and great find.