Chinati: The Vision of Donald Judd, Artist-signed Special Edition


The Special Edition of 250 copies is numbered and signed by the nine living artists represented in the Chinati Collection—Carl Andre, Ingólfur Arnarsson, John Chamberlain, Roni Horn, Ilya Kabakov, Richard Long, Claes Oldenburg, David Rabinowitch, and John Wesley—and housed in a cloth clamshell box.


Chinati: The Vision of Donald Judd is the first comprehensive overview of the museum’s history and collection. Edited and principally written by Marianne Stockebrand, Chinati: The Vision of Donald Judd describes how Donald Judd developed his ideas of the role of art and museums from the early 1960s onward, culminating in the creation of Chinati (and including its two predecessors—his building in New York and his residence in Marfa). The sumptuously illustrated book (with 149 color and 71 black-and-white illustrations), co-published by Chinati and Yale University Press, begins with an introductory essay surveying the history of Judd’s work in Marfa, then presents the individual installations at the museum in chronological order, with stunning photography.

The book’s design is by Rutger Fuchs, who has designed all of Chinati’s printed materials since the mid-1990s; principal photography is by Florian Holzherr and Douglas Tuck. In addition to the essays by Marianne Stockebrand, the volume contains texts by Rudi Fuchs, former director of the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam; Thomas Kellein, director of the Kunsthalle Bielefeld in Germany; Nicholas Serota, director of the Tate in London; Richard Shiff, professor and Effie Marie Cain Regents Chair in Art at the University of Texas; and Rob Weiner, associate director of the Chinati Foundation. Also featured are writings by Donald Judd relating to Chinati and his other buildings in Marfa. A detailed catalogue of the collection and artists’ bibliographies are included as well.

Donald Judd published a modest Chinati catalogue in 1987, long since out of print. Chinati: The Vision of Donald Judd surveys and documents everything that Judd accomplished in Marfa, and all that has been accomplished in the years since his death. The book’s publication represents a milestone in Chinati’s history.

Major support for Chinati: The Vision of Donald Judd has been provided by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; the Henry Luce Foundation; Glen Rosenbaum; the Maxine and Stuart Frankel Foundation; the LLWW Foundation; LEF Foundation; the Fifth Floor Foundation; John and Arlene Dayton; Bert Lies and Rosina Lee Yue; the Ruth Stanton Foundation; and Furthermore: a program of the J.M. Kaplan Fund. Chinati would like to express its deep gratitude to the above and to all the supporters of the publication.