IN THE HEART OF THE NEW YORK’S BLOCK SOHO, AND MORE PRECISELY AT 101 SPRING STREET, THE INDUSTRIAL 19TH CENTURY BUILDING OF THE FAMOUS ARTIST DONALD JUDD STANDS OUT. AN ACTUAL STUDIO/HOUSE, WHERE HE DEVELOPED HIS ARTISTIC CAREER FOR MORE THAN TWENTY YEARS.
Belonging to the Minimalist movement, Judd was attracted by raw materials, geometry and repeating forms. Indeed, the building of the American artist shows empty and wide spaces and it’s surrounded by large rectangular windows.
Each floor is conceived as an unobstructed space dedicated to a single activity : sleeping for the fifth, working at third, and the second for cooking. The fourth is a sort of studio meanwhile the ground one is an actual exhibition area.
The building has been recently renovated by ARO Architecture Studio but totally remained as Judd left it. Some of his design furnitures and many art installations of famous artists ( such as Dan Flavin, Frank Stella and Larry Bell) have never been moved away from their position.
Today, the 101 Spring Street Building is named Judd Foundation and it’s possible to get into it only by booking guided visits online in advance.
Text Giulia Ambrosetti