Marfa Modern: Artistic Interiors of the West Texas High Desert

Marfa Modern: Artistic Interiors of the West Texas High Desert Author Helen Thompson
ISBN-10 1580934730
ISBN-13 9781580934732
Year 2016-10-25
Pages 240
Language English
Publisher The Monacelli Press
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Twenty one houses in and around Marfa Texas provide a glimpse at creative life and design in one of the art worlds most intriguing destinations When Donald Judd began his Marfa project in the early 1970s it was regarded as an idiosyncratic quest Today Judd is revered for his minimalist art and the stringent standards he applied to everything around him including interiors architecture and furniture The former water stop has become a mecca for artists art pilgrims and design aficionados drawn to the creative enclave the permanent installations called among the largest and most beautiful in the world and the austerely beautiful high desert landscape In keeping with Judds site specific intentions those who call Marfa home have made a choice to live in concert with their untamed open surroundings Marfa Modern features houses that represent unique responses to this settingthe sky its light and sense of isolationsome that even predate Judds arrival Here conceptual artist Michael Phelan lives in a former Texaco service station with battery acid stains on the concrete floor and a twenty foot dining table lining one wall A chefs modest house comes with the satisfaction of being handmade down to its side tables and bath which expands into a private courtyard with an outdoor tub Another artist uses the many rooms of her house a former jail to shift between different mediumswith Judds Fort D A Russell works always visible from her second story sun porch Extraordinary building costs mean that Marfa dwellers embrace a culture of frontier ingenuity and freedom from excesssalvaged metal signs become sliding doors and lengths of pipe become lighting fixtures industrial warehouses are redesigned after the areas white cube galleries to create space for private or personally created art collections and other materials are suggested by the land itself walls are made of adobe bricks or rammed earth to form sculptural courtyards or in one remarkable instance a mix of mud and brick plastered with local soils cactus mucilage horse manure and straw

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