40 | Destination: Art - Marfa
Once an abandon military base in West Texas, Marfa is now a modern-day art pilgrimage site. Thanks to artist Donald Judd the Chinati Foundation unites art, buildings, and the natural environment with large-scale works permanently installed at a former army base. The Judd Foundation maintains the artist’s living and working spaces, as well as libraries and archives, in Marfa and New York City. I visited the site and traveled to the Judd Foundation’s Spring Street location to speak to Director of Marfa Programs & Archivist at the Judd Foundation, Caitlin Murray about the artist who decided to forgo the traditional route and embrace a new possibility for displaying his art.
Donald Judd, 15 untitled works in concrete, 1980-1984
The fifteen concrete works by Donald Judd that run along the border of Chinati's property were the first works to be installed at the museum and were cast and assembled on the site over a four-year period, from 1980 through 1984. The individual units that comprise each work have the same measurements of 2.5 x 2.5 x 5 meters, and are made from concrete slabs that are each 25 centimeters thick. Funding for the project was provided by the Dia Art Foundation.
Links / articles mentioned
Marianne Stockebrand - The Making of Two Works: Donald Judd’s Installations at the Chinati Foundation
Judd Foundation, Spring Street Location - Historic Artists’ Homes & Studios
Ted Loos - Judd Foundation is Renovating Its Marfa Buildings. The Project Isn’t Minimal. - New York Times
Maxwell Williams - Rainer and Flavin Judd Have a Legacy Like No Other - Cultured