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Penguin Books

Marfa Modern

Twenty-one houses in and around Marfa, Texas, provide a glimpse at creative life and design in one of the art world’s most intriguing destinations. 

 

When Donald Judd began his Marfa project in 1986, it was regarded as an idiosyncratic quest of an artist known for his antisocial tendencies. Today, 21 years after his death at the age of 65, Judd and the precisely minimal art for which he crusaded have never been more fashionable. Judd is revered as the patron saint of minimalist art, but also as the muse of minimalist interiors, architecture, furniture, and even retail design. And Marfa has become a mecca for a torrent of art pilgrims, design aficionados, and international hipsters who find the allure irresistible. Because so much of Judd's intention was site-specific, he took advantage not only of the grandly austere landscape around Marfa, he also acquired a lot of inexpensive buildings-storefronts, three ranches, and a fort. His single-handed real estate revival spawned an interest among fans and other seekers to live in the untamed, open setting in the way Judd did.

The result has been that this former waterstop is now a major tourist destination as well as a cultural center. In recent years, a new wave of artists has moved to Marfa to live and work, and art lovers and collectors have followed, turning it into a booming high-design vacation and second-home destination. This volume features 24 high-design homes that fully embrace both the unique sense of place and the offerings of its vibrant artistic community. Here former gas stations are converted into colorful loftlike residences, industrial warehouses are redesigned after the area's white-cube galleries to create ample wall space for private art collections, and contemporary architecture embraces the high desert sky and sun.

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