ROADTRIPPING///M.I.A. IN MARFA, TEXAS
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:
Warhol's "Last Supper" at the Ayn Foundation...
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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