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Donald Judd Art, Marfa, Texas | © juliegomoll/Flickr
Donald Judd Art, Marfa, Texas | © juliegomoll/Flickr

University Of Edinburgh’s Judd-Hume Prize To Promote Research Into Art And Philosophy

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Updated: 8 August 2016
The University of Edinburgh, where Hume once studied, has just announced the inauguration of the Judd-Hume Prize. Named for American artist Donald Judd and Scottish philosopher David Hume, the award is aimed at art writers, philosophers, and architects, and it is intended to foster research into under-examined aspects of Judd’s work and, more broadly, the intersection between visual art and philosophy.

This interdisciplinary initiative was created to encourage new perspectives on and critical examination of the distinct and overlapping themes between the men’s work. Situated at the juncture of visual art and philosophy, the fellowship will include a scholarship award of £30,000, and fellows will reside in Edinburgh or Orkney, which lies off the Scottish coast.


Donald Judd, 1970 | © Courtesy of Paul Katz

Donald Judd, 1970 | © Courtesy of Paul Katz

Launched by Judd expert Peter Ballantine, the programme will invite fellows to research and write about such topics as object-ness, abstraction, image, function, precognition, and delegated fabrication. The inaugural fellow will be Dr. Gottfried Boehm, Professor Emeritus at the University of Basel (Switzerland), who will begin his fellowship in March 2017. The fellowship will run through April and conclude with a symposium in May, when Boehm’s research will be published.

The Judd-Hume Prize is a distinctive new addition to the field of art-related scholarship. With it, the University of Edinburgh seeks to open new territory in the investigation of art, philosophy, and their intermingling across centuries.