101 SPRING STREET: DONALD JUDD’S HOME IN NEW YORK OPENS TO THE PUBLIC
A bed on the parquet floor, a luminous installation at the windows and the view of the surrounding city. In life as in art, Donald Judd searched for space, light and simplicity. A formal purity that the American artist probably recognized in this large and old industrial building in the heart of SoHo, what was once a manufacturing district when he went to live there in 1968, about halfway through his career.
101 Spring Street is a factory of the late 1800s in cast iron and glass, a building of five floors for almost 57 square yards, interspersed by sixty large windows: the right size for conceiving and creating a space that is artist-friendly. Judd bought it for 65 thousand dollars and transformed it into home: he tore down all the interior walls to create a uniue and luminous environment and lived there until the year of his death in 1994, going back and forth from Marfa, Texas.