Spent an enjoyable afternoon with Josh Thorpe, an excellent artist with very good ideas about the relative value of experience and theory. He recently published a guide book to Dan Graham’s pavilions, which also contains an interview with the artist. Graham strresses Judd’s admiration for Pollock. I think that Judd’s achievement was to transpose the so-called “all over” composition to the temporal realm. All over sameness in space becomes a steady state in time.
Of course, Judd was mistaken, Pollock’s work is not all-over the same. But it was a mistake that enabled him to make his own work. The insight that minimalism produces a never-ending sameness, an ultimate perspectivizing of historical change, belongs to Smithson.