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Donald Judd’s Minimalism Returns to SoHo

By Ryan McClure

May 1, 2013

Judd Foundation has recently restored the space of the great American Minimalist artist, Donald Judd, at 101 Spring Street in SoHo. The restoration project, which began three years ago, will be complete and open to the public next month. His live- and work-space in Manhattan is lauded as being the origin of Judd’s permanent installations. During the ‘60s and ‘70s Judd maintained the space and lived there with his family.

The newly renovated building is part of the historic cast-iron district of SoHo, and contains installation art by Judd and other contemporary artist’s including Frank Stella and Dan Flavin. A collection of over 500 works will be on view throughout the five floors of the space. Many of the works and the artist’s furniture remain as they were installed preceding his death.

Prior to living in 101 Spring Street, Judd did some renovation of his own. It was built in 1870 and designed by Nicholas Whyte. Visitors today can take pleasure in noting the specific requirements for the home by the artist, like that the right angles of windows on each floor not be interrupted and that the space was able to function as a studio, home, and gallery for his work and the work of others.

The open, airy loft succeeds in showcasing Judd’s work and his masterful attentiveness to precision and spatial composition. 101 Spring Street is modern and minimal and provides an excellent backdrop to learn more about his works and the art of his contemporaries.

Tours are available by appointment for a fee of $30.

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