New Advanced Visual Studies/Judd-Hume Prize, to launch in spring 2017.


Donald Judd, 1970, photo: Paul Katz

In March 2017 a major new interdisciplinary programme named after Donald Judd and philosopher David Hume, will launch.

Founded by leading Judd expert Peter Ballantine, the prize seeks to promote pre-eminent international scholarship around topics that lie at the intersection between the visual arts and philosophy. The Judd-Hume Prize (£30,000) will be awarded annually to an international art writer, philosopher, or architect, who will take up a two-month residency at the University of Edinburgh, the programme’s hub. The first Judd-Hume Fellow will be Dr. Gottfried Boehm, Professor Emeritus University of Basel (Switzerland), world specialist in the study of Imagery and Image.
The prize is dedicated to Donald Judd (1928-94), one of the twentieth century’s most radically philosophical visual artists; and David Hume (1711-1776), the celebrated Enlightenment philosopher. The University of Edinburgh, where Hume studied, will serve as the programme’s hub. Although Advanced Visual Studies is not about either Judd or Hume per se, they are uniquely linked in ways that have never been adequately recognised or developed, and which inform the programme’s discussions. The first Judd-Hume Fellow will be Dr. Gottfried Boehm, Professor Emeritus University of Basel (Switzerland), world specialist in the study of Imagery and Image, and until recently, Director of the Eiknones programme, also in Basel. Professor Boehm’s fellowship will run from March to April 2017, followed by a symposium at the University in May 2017, and the publication of his new research. The programme will be directed by its Founder, Peter Ballantine, who worked directly with Judd from 1969 until his death, and closely with his works and philosophy since.  

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