“A lot of Don’s work assumes a utopia.“
Lesson / Koan : Assume everything.
You always called your dad Don?
“Always. Don and Julie were the parents.”
In our case our parents were to some extent the generation of ’68.
A lot of Donald Judd’s work assumes a utopia.
“Or, rightly so, assumes the ability to affect the world. Which got reinforced when he did things like help to stop the expressway through SoHo. The use of first names by my parents was a rejection of convention, of their parents. It wasn’t arbitrary. They made it normal that we call them by their first names.”
When Donald Judd died in 1994, he had a couple thousand dollars in the bank but was millions of dollars in debt. The task of sorting out his estate was left to his two children, Rainer and Flavin.
Donald Judd’s son is named Flavin Judd…after the artist & close friend of his father, Dan Flavin.
( Flavin’s father was a tough guy, and CUPtopia’s staff has been hyper critical of him in the past. BUT, he liked Dan Flavin so much that he gave him an entire building on his Marfa, Texas compound. )
Also, to give Donald Judd credit, he taught his children well, and named them well too.
Asked & Answered | Flavin Judd
( New York Times – T magazine article, May 5, 2011. )
Your first-name-last-name combination makes you un-Google-able.
“[Laughs]. Oh right, you get a bazillion exhibitions unrelated to me, so that’s perfect.“