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Behind the Seams: Tom Judd

Posted by Craig Schroeder on

At CMMP our signature jacket style is a finely tailored silhouette, timeless lapel proportions and a unique custom lining. A fresh lining allows one to be comfortable in the boardroom while maintaining a healthy irreverence to the rules. They provide the necessary and subtle “fuck you” to the powers that be. After all, we clothe Gentlemen Rebels. 

While it's always been obvious to us to put interesting linings in our coats, the marketplace has lagged behind.
 The industry's decades-long reliance on candy stripes, paisley and polka dots is strange indeed. Accordingly, our pursuit of great linings required that we design and print our own. 

In doing so over the years we've been fortunate to collaborate with many of our favorite artists to create limited edition prints. We've worked with True Hand Society, House of Friedman, Cheyenne Randall aka @IndianGiver, Henry Hablack, John Collins, Gino Perez, Brian Dicola, Amber Lynn, to name a few.

Our latest collaborative lining project is with contemporary artist Tom Judd

He was born in Lawrenceville, New Jersey in 1952, but grew up from the age of two with two sisters and a brother in Salt Lake City, Utah. Judd attended the University of Utah from 1970 to 1972 when he departed on a six-month leave of absence to travel in Europe. He returned in 1973 to attend the Philadelphia College of Art where he studied with Rafael Ferrer, Bob Kulicke, and Larry Day, graduating with a BFA in painting in 1975.

Judd first exhibited his art work at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in 1979, where at 25 he was included in a survey show entitled "Contemporary Drawing: Philadelphia" curated by Ann Percy and Frank Goodyear. The museum purchased a work from that exhibit for their permanent collection.

Judd went on to exhibit his work in distinguished commercial galleries beginning with his first solo exhibit at Eric Makler Gallery in Philadelphia in 1980. Judd was soon recognized in New York City, including Monique Knowlton and Coe Kerr Gallery. In 1984 he was given a solo exhibit at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and had work purchased for their permanent collection. In 1990, Judd had a ten-year retrospect at the Philadelphia Art Alliance. The show also traveled to the Salt Lake Art Center the following year. In 2009, Judd joined forces with curator and gallery owner Allen Sheppard to produce "Evidence of a Collected Past". This exhibition was staged at the Globe Dye Works - an alternative art space in Philadelphia - and consisted of a 20 year retrospective of Judd's works.

Judd has also participated in many public art projects including a billboard next to an interstate 76 in Philadelphia in 1994 and a seventy foot chalk drawing in Salt Lake City in 1997. That same year, he was curator and organizer of an exhibition in New York City with twelve invited artists entitled "The Chalk board Chronicles", which is being made into a documentary film. In 2000 he was commissioned to do an exterior mural for the city of Philadelphia's Fringe Festival through the mural arts program. He also completed a mural for Friday Saturday Sunday restaurant in Philadelphia.

In recent years, he has branched out into installation projects including "The Hermit Project" at Stremmel Gallery in Reno, NV in 2005. That same year, he traveled to Tijuana, where he collaborated with Mexican poet Omar Pimienta to produce "Tijuana Weekend" at Scott White Contemporary in San Diego. The show consisted of a Mexican shack made of found materials imitating the housing found south of the border as well as a series of portraits of Mexican women. More recently he installed a large subway mural at the SEPTA 5th Street Independence Hall Station.

Judd has shown extensively for the last 30 years in prominent galleries and museums and is included in major private and public collections. He continues to establish himself as an original voice in the contemporary art world.

We're honored that Judd created three distinct linings with CMMP:  USA Patchwork, Crows, and Waterbuck. While the USA Patchwork drew on Judd’s archives, the Crows and Waterbuck are original pieces made exclusively for this project. All three limited edition linings are available online HERE.

Our Rittenhouse showroom will host an opening party for the project on July 14 from 5-8pm. RSVP to

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