ROADTRIPPING///M.I.A. IN MARFA, TEXAS

October 17, 2008  |  art, Feature, Lance Armstrong, Road Trippin, Texas

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Life imitates art in Marfa...

Roadtripping in Texas with cycling legend LANCE ARMSTRONG a few weeks back ultimately landed us in the remote and unlikely art culture hotspot of MARFA, TEXAS. Known primarily as the land that time forgot and the setting for iconic films "Giant," "No Country For Old Men," and "There Will Be Blood," the sleepy town of 2,000 people is actually one of the nation's best kept creative centers and is home to an amazing array of talent, including the legendary Christopher Wool, and art world émigrés who fled the confines of NYC for the wide open spaces of the West. The migration was started by so-called "minimalist" (though he hated the term) artist DONALD JUDD when he relocated to the area in the early 1970s, and single-handedly instigated the migration of like-minded heads to the former military town centered around the abandoned army barracks he was now using as his own private museum and studio space. Following Judd's death, the town has maintained the artist's spaces as he left them and is home to one of the most progressive independent art galleries & creative think tanks, the BALLROOM GALLERY. Mainly, it's a town you have to experience in person to fully appreciate, albeit without your big city work ethic. HAVE A LOOK:

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All roads lead to Texas...

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Sneaker design legend Tinker Hatfield pilots the 64 Lincoln drop top sled on our run...

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Postcard material...

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Donald Judd's Chinati Foundation...

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...home to an amazing array of his original works...

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..whose scale is not lost on Lance Livestrong...

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...milled aluminum never looked so good...

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...this sign actually reads "No British Allowed" but our Old Countryman pays it no heed...
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...in Texas, "bugs in the house" is a much scarier proposition than normal...

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...art imitates life...

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...Dan Flavin's lightscapes are transcendent...

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...and easily double as mothership interiors...

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...art without walls...

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...Roadtrippers Jamie O'Shea, Sandy Bodecker, Christian Parkes, Mark Parker, Tinker Hatfield, and Lance Livestrong.

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Rolling into Mayberry USA downtown Marfa...

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Like a trip in the way back machine...

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Everything's big in Texas...

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Best supermarket name ever...

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Faded glory...

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Donald Judd HQ...

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Palin country...

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Sadly, we were out of rubber dog poop...

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Bodecker takes the wheel...

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And points us towards the epic John Chamberlain car sculpture installation...

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Believe it or not, this IS downtown...

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Muy bueno...

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The dream whip...

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The future set of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Part 8...

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Leatherface's tchotchke collection...

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Dead cow art...

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...that plays a constant loop of La Migra CB radio conversations

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Donald Judd's custom Land Rover is no joke...

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The abandoned Prada concept store. Only in Marfa...

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Warhol's "Last Supper" at the Ayn Foundation...

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The El Paisano Hotel, where James Dean and the cast & crew of "Giant" stayed while filming in 1955. Predictably, little has changed...

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James Dean's room, #223 remains in original shape...

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Just outside town is the former set of "Giant," with the windmill still visible in the distance. The house facade has long since decayed...

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A "Giant" film still showing Dean atop his beloved windmill...

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Texas never looked this good again...

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Claes Oldenburg's homage to the West...

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Ballroom Gallery, Marfa's creative epicenter...

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This year they converted to fully green workstations...

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Finally, ready for some down time at the T-Bird...

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Home to one of the two pools in town. Never has cold water felt so good...

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The whip looks like it's moving even when resting...

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Gomer's fillin' station...

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Our next resto projects...

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Basking in the glow...

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Lost highway at dawn...

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Catching air...

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Watching Tinker Hatfield design shoes is a rare treat indeed...

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