[SYMPOSIUM] Book Club, Donald Judd: Specific Objects

Monthly reading group for artists, curators, writers, researchers and anyone interested in the intersections between art practice and critical theory.

at 88 Fleet Street

In April the group will be reading Specific Objects, a controversial essay by Donald Judd, originally published in 1965. This discussion will be chaired by Richard Burger.

In Specific Objects Donald Judd describes the ‘new art’ produced in New York during the 1960s, and tries to distinguish it from ‘old’ painting or sculpture. He makes particular reference to new materials that had not until then been considered suitable for ‘art’. Judd is considered an icon of American art, for his practice, his writing and the Chinati Foundation in Marfa, West Texas, where all the artists he admired have permanent installations. This article is sometimes seen as a ‘manifesto’ for the minimalists. Others see it just as a list of artists that Judd likes. It is said that ‘specific objects referes to art that is fabricated or manufactured and therefore an ‘object’. Is this what links the artists listed in the article?

The event is free but booking is required. Please visit the website for more information, to book and download the shared document.

[SYMPOSIUM] is a supportive community of peers who get together to discuss their research interests around selected texts. Join them every second Friday of the month at a different venue. Everyone can propose and chair the reading of a text on a selective and voluntary basis.


Opening Times
Event: Friday 21 April, 6-8.30pm

88 Fleet Street