on donald judd
"material beauty and impeccable perfection in construction and execution amount to much more than indulgence in pleasure. his notorious diatribes against museaums that allow work to get damaged or destroyed through improper handling, point to what i believe to be a moral conviction: beauty and perfection are ultimately matters of dignity, not only of the artwork but of nature and culture in general. beauty is a very special and noble state. beauty is the condition that makes the artwork rare and special, distiguishing it from ordinary objects and utensils[...] like the right to liberty and the pursuit of happiness, people have a right to things beautiful, pleasant and as well-made as possible. art demonstrates that beauty."