by brian boucher
The Judd Foundation, the former home of artist Donald Judd, will open to the public this summer as a preserve of artistic integrity and precision in New York’s SoHo, a neighborhood that has come to resemble nothing so much as a shopping mall since the years Judd lived there.
The five-story building at 101 Spring Street has been under restoration for seven years in order to bring it up to code, so that the public can be allowed inside. According to architect Adam Yarinsky, who was present at a press preview today, it’s been one of the most comprehensive restorations of a cast-iron building in the country.
Judd bought the building in 1968, when, according to his daughter and son, Rainer and Flavin, also
present this morning, there was trash up to your knees on the third floor and machine oil dripping through some of the floors. (The real estate broker, according to Rainer, told Judd, “You don’t deserve this building, but I’ll show it to you anyway.”)
After cleanup, the family lived there full time until Judd moved to Marfa, Tex., after which he divided
his time between Marfa and New York until his death in 1994.
The spacious interiors have been brought back to the condition they were in that year. Artworks by
Judd as well as by John Chamberlain, Dan Flavin, Lucas Samaras, Carl Andre, David Novros,
Larry Bell and Ad Reinhardt are spread throughout the building, including in a first-floor gallery,