“Generally expensive art is in expensive, chic circumstances; it’s a falsification. The society is basically not interested in art. And most people who are artists do that because they like the work; they like to do that. Art has an integrity of its own and a purpose of its own, and it’s not to serve the society. That’s been tried now, in the Soviet Union and lots of places, and it doesn’t work. The only role I can think of, in a very general way, for the artist is that they tend to shake up the society a little bit just by their existence, in which case it helps undermine the general political stagnation and, perhaps by providing a little freedom, supports science, which requires freedom. If the artist isn’t free, you won’t have any art.”
Donald Judd’s contributions in interviews, panels, and extemporaneous conversations are marked by his forthright manner and rigorous thinking, whether in dialogue with art critics, art historians, or his contemporaries. Donald Judd Interviews presents sixty interviews with the artist over the course of four decades, and is the first compilation of its kind.
Flavin Judd is Artistic Director of Judd Foundation and co-editor of Donald Judd Interviews and Donald Judd Writings. His writing has appeared in international publications and exhibition catalogues on the work of Donald Judd.