Before the 1970’s Marfa, Texas was probably best known for the scenic landscapes which were featured in the 1956 Warner Bros. film “Giant”. But that all changed when artist Donald Judd took a liking to the small town and began permanently installing his minimalist art. Judd believed that an artists’ intent is to showcase their work on a permanent basis, and he set out to acquire spaces where large collections could find a final venue.
Judd in the early 90’s
Today, Marfa still retains its’ small-town charm but has also turned into an artists’ enclave. Supported by the Chianti Foundation and the Judd Foundation who combine their efforts to host an annual Open House where artists, collectors and art enthusiasts come from around the world to check out Marfa’s art scene. In 2000, The Lannan Foundation established a writers-in-residence program and Ballroom Marfa is a multi-functional art space that tends to feature up-and -comers and can host various forms of performance art. Hopefully the charm of Marfa will remain the same now that the secret is out.