DISCOVER THE ART OF DONALD JUDD, ED RUSCHA, AND STERLING RUBY

Donald Judd, 15 Untitled Works in Concrete, 1980-1984, Chinati Foundation, Marfa, Texas

DISCOVER THE ART OF DONALD JUDD, ED RUSCHA, AND STERLING RUBY

Donald Judd, 15 Untitled Works in Concrete, 1980-1984, Chinati Foundation, Marfa, Texas

WEBSTER ART WALK

 

HEADING WEST

 

We’re heading toward the frontier and beyond this weekend. Discover three contemporary artists that looked westward for home and inspiration. Walk the grounds of Donald Judd’s expansive oeuvre in Marfa, watch Ed Ruscha ignite the Norm’s on La Cienega, and explore Sterling Ruby’s mixed-media crossovers hidden within the warehouses of California.

Photo: Åke E:son Lindman

Donald Judd

 

One of the most notable Minimalism artists, Judd is best known for his sweeping outdoor installations and sculptures. Foreshadowed by his unabashed and forthright critiques for the Arts Magazine, Judd’s work is architectural yet simplistic – the purest expression of presence and space. In the 70’s, Judd moved from New York City to Marfa, Texas, and with help from the DIA Foundation, established a 400+ acre compound of artwork that is now home to artworks by himself, Dan Flavin, John Chamberlain, and more.

Donald Judd Art © 2020 Judd Foundation / ARS

MoMA © 2020 Judd Foundation / ARS

Donald Judd’s studio and home in SoHo, NYC

“Actual space is intrinsically more powerful and specific than paint on a flat surface.”

– Donald Judd on the importance of space and context

GET INSPIRED

Ed Ruscha, Norm’s, La Cienega, On Fire / © Ed Ruscha

Ed Ruscha

 

Graphic designer by trade, Ed Ruscha has established himself as a multi-hyphenate artist defying categorization. Moving from Oklahoma City to Los Angeles in the mid-50’s, Ruscha’s work largely revolves around the idiosyncracies of Los Angeles. Utilizing a unique mix of materials like paint, gunpowder, and Pepto Bismol, Ruscha envisions the topography of Los Angeles in a verbalized visual often involving typography inspired by pop culture and advertising references.

Ed Ruscha, Galaxy, U.S.A., Dot, 2016 / © Ed Ruscha

Ed Ruscha, Standard Gas Station, 1996 / © Ed Ruscha

Ed Ruscha, Desire, 1967 / © Ed Ruscha

Ed Ruscha,Hollywood is a Verb, 1979 / © Ed Ruscha

“There are things that I’m constantly looking at that I feel should be elevated to greater status, almost to philosophical status or to a religious status. That’s why taking things out of context is a useful tool to an artist. It’s the concept of taking something that’s not subject matter and making it subject matter.”

– Ed Ruscha on his approach to his artwork

GET INSPIRED

Sterling Ruby, FIGURES. PILE. (6991), 2018 / © Ed Ruscha

Sterling Ruby

  

A collection of work often speaking to the relationship between individual desire and social structure, Sterling Ruby draws much of his inspiration from Los Angeles’ physical and metaphysical landscape. Introduced to quiltmaking and redware pottery during his upbringing in Pennsylvania, Ruby expanded upon those processes as he developed his work into a multimedia oeuvre spanning ceramics, collage, painting, and eventually fashion. A long-time collaborator with Raf Simons, Ruby’s artwork has been featured in Simons’ first collection for Dior during Fall Couture 2012 and in the sets of Simons’ runway shows at CALVIN KLEIN 205W39NYC.

Sterling Ruby, SP288, 2014 / Gagosian

Dior Fall 2012 Couture by Raf Simons

“There’s something about these regions that are neither this nor that, that have a very heavy psychological impact on the people who exist within them”

– Sterling Ruby on Los Angeles

Sterling Ruby, ACTS/OSIRIS-REx, 2016 (left), ACTS/ROBITUSSIN, 2016 (right) / Gagosian

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