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Wednesday 06th October 2010Donald Judd Land - A Texan Haven for Art Fanatics

I recently subscribed to the Art Market Views blog which is penned by leading New York art writer Lindsay Pollock, whose work has been published in places like ARTnews, Art + Auction and The Art Newspaper. She is also the author of one of my all time favourite biographical books:The Girl with the Gallery: Edith Gregor Halpert and the Making of the New York Art Market
 
I first came across The Girl with the Gallery while at Graduate school in New York. As it happens, I also learned about the focus of the current blog post on Art Market Views while in New York, and have wanted to visit it ever since. 
 
Donald Judd Land, or Marfa, Texas as it's more commonly known, came into being as a consequence of Minimalist artist, Donald Judd buying up a range of dilapidated properties in Marfa in the early 1970's and turning them into exhibition, studio and living spaces for himself and a handful of friends and contemporaries. As Pollock describes in the blog post, amongst the buildings that Judd purchased at bargain prices were a supermarket, a bank, an old wool and mohair warehouse and an army barracks, which now houses Judd's Chinati Foundation. The 340 acres of space at the former army base looks to make a fascinating place for the Foundation, which displays works by many of Judd's contemporaries, such as Dan Flavin, Roni Horn, Richard Long, Carl Andre and Claes Oldenburg to name a few. 
 
Pollock's blog post follows her visit to Marfa as part of one of the tours hosted by the Judd Foundation. The Judd Foundation was established in 1996 to "maintain and preserve Donald Judd's permanently installed living and working spaces, libraries, and archives in New York and Marfa, Texas." The Judd Foundation works hard to educate and facilitate an understanding of Judd's work and mission in life. Anyone interested in Minimalism, Judd himself of the work of his contemporaries should definitely add one of the tours to their long term 'to do list'. 
 
So far, only part I of the tour of Marfa has been posted on the Art Market Views blog and already there are some great pictures of what is on offer in Marfa. Tune in to catch the next installment of the trip.

Posted on October 06th 2010 on 06:19pm
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