None of the small ranching towns scattered throughout the Big Bend region of West Texas distinguish themselves quite like Marfa. Marfa has a population of just over 2000, one traffic light, and an eclectic energy that far outweighs its size.
Marfa came to national attention after the arrival of Donald Judd, a renowned contemporary artist characterized by his minimalist style. Judd, drawn to the sparse enormity of the landscape, moved to Marfa from New York in the 1970s. The Chinati Foundation, a contemporary art museum based on the work and ideas of Judd, opened in 1986. Judd's established presence brought fellow art patrons and minimalist pilgrims flocking to Marfa from every corner of the U.S. and beyond to experience the clean plains and wide open space for themselves.
With their arrival, Marfa developed a unique ability to bridge the space between incongruities that, under normal circumstances, would never be introduced. But, Marfa is far from normal. Here, the weathered exteriors of a 1950s ranching town contain the whitewashed interiors of fine art galleries. Here, a born and raised Texas cattle herder dines at a Manhattan-born restaurant with a runaway art student at the next table. Cowboy hats and skinny jeans inhabit the same spaces. And somehow, out here, it makes sense.
Marfa offers a world-class collection of contemporary art galleries, quirky and delicious food, a landscape that can change your life, and the wonderfully mismatched union of the rugged ranching community and sophisticated fine arts culture. For more information go to VisitMarfa.com.
1 / Arber & Son Editions
128 E. El Paso St. / 432.729.3981 / www.30x30cmproject.com
Tamarind Master Printer, Robert Arber. Arber has produced limited edition lithographs and woodcuts for numerous, internationally known artists including Donald Judd, Bruce Nauman, John Baldessari, Ilya Kabakov, Richard Prince, Al Taylor and David Rabinowitch. Open most days or call for an appointment.
2 / AYN Foundation (Das Maximum) Brite Bldg.
107-109 N. Highland Ave. / 432.729.3315 / www.aynfoundation.com
Presenting “Last Supper” by Andy Warhol and “September Eleven” by Maria Zerres. Open weekends all year and by appointment. Please call or email for hours or an appointment.
3 / Ballroom Marfa
108 E. San Antonio / 432.729.3600 / www.ballroommarfa.org
Ballroom Marfa is a non-profit cultural space dedicated to presenting leading and cutting edge artists working in the visual arts, performance, film, and music. The Ballroom provides a youthful, festive and colorful balance to the established Marfa art scene, and has emerged as a hub for artistic activity in the region.
4 / Chinati Foundation
1 Cavalry Row / 432.729.4362 / www.chinati.org
Chinati is an internationally known contemporary art museum founded by minimalist artist Donald Judd. It exhibits large scale installations by a limited number of artists on the grounds of Fort D.A. Russell and in buildings in the town of Marfa. Chinati features paintings, sculptures, poems, installations, drawings and other works by reknowned artists Donald Judd, John Chamberlain, Claes Oldenburg & Coosje van Bruggen, Dan Flavin, Ilya Kabakov, Roni Horn and many more. Public tours available Wed.- Sun. 10-12 and 2-4.
5 / Eugene Binder
218 N. Highland Street / 432.729.3900 / firstname.lastname@example.org /
Contemporary art gallery.
6 / exhibitions 2d
400 S. Highland Ave. / 432.729.1910 / www.exhibitions2d.com
Carries continuing, rotating exhibits of work by ten artists across the U.S. with an emphasis on reductive and minimal drawing and sculpture.
7 / Fieldwork: Marfa
212 E. San Antonio Street / 432.729.1801 / fieldworkmarfa.org /
Fieldwork: Marfa is an international research program run by Les Beaux-Arts de Nantes / HEAD Genéve. They are now pleased to welcome in residency from September to October the Swiss artist Emilie Ding and the US/MX artists Camel Collective. Consult their website for featured artist listings.
8 / Greasewood Gallery at The Hotel Paisano
207 North Highland / 432.729.4134 / www.hotelpaisano.com
Located in the historic Hotel Paisano, the gallery features regional artists in varied media. Multiple shows are hosted each year, check the website for details. Hours: Daily 9 am – 6 pm.
9 / Hacienda del Arcon
705 W. Bonnie St., Building 98 / 432.729.4826 / haciendadelarcon.org
The headquarters for the International Woman’s Foundation, Hacienda del Arcon is a premier training center for artistic development and healthful aging. The former Officers Club and BOQ of Fort D. A. Russell, building 98 is a venue for artist presentations, showings and special events . Murals painted by WWII German POWs depict scenes of the Chihuahuan Desert. Tours are by appointment only.
15 untitled works in concrete, 1980-84, DONALD JUDD
10 / Indie/Jacobs Gallery
208 E. San Antonio Street / 432.386.0044 / email@example.com / indiejacobs.com
Focusing on art by Chinati Foundation related artists and minimalist and reductive artists. Inventory includes prints by Donald Judd and Dan Flavin. NEW GALLERY CURRENTLY UNDER CONSTRUCTION - 2014. The gallery is currently closed due to construction. It is located at 208 E San Antonio - Hwy 90 -- 1-1/2 blocks east of Marfa's 4-way stop. If you are interested in any artwork, please email.
11 / Judd Foundation (office)
104 Highland St. / JuddFoundation.org/visit_marfa
Multiple locations available for guided tour
12 / Marfa Book Company
105 S. Highland / 432.729.3906 / marfabookco.com
A Gallery with exhibitions that rotate frequently featuring local and national artists. Additionally, Marfa Book Company hosts monthly film, music, and reading series; publishes books; and has a small clothing line.
13 / Marfa Contemporary
100 E. San Antonio St. / 432.729.3500 / MarfaContemporary.org /
Marfa Contemporary is a non-profit organization and the satellite gallery for Oklahoma Contemporary in Oklahoma City. A Contemporary Art Gallery with revolving international exhibitions every three months it also shows local artists and community art. Its mission is to bring Art and Education to children at all levels of education, offering free art classes and courses throughout the year. Gallery president is Mr. Christian Keesee, Executive Director, Mary Ann Prior and Gallery administrator Dr. Natalie Maria Roncone. Open 10-6 Wed though Sat and 12-4 Sunday.
14 / Marfa Country Clinic
105 E. Oak Street / 432.729.3000 / On Facebook
Medical clinic that displays art. Because - why not.
15 / Michael Strogoff
124 E. El Paso Street / 917.226.5552 / Saturdays and Sundays 12-5 p.m. / michaelstrogoff.com
16 / Mirth
105 West Texas Street / 432.729.4448 / firstname.lastname@example.org / mirthmarfa.com
Mirth includes a thoughtfully curated collection of beautiful utilitarian objects for your home and merriment. Located in the heart of Marfa, TX, our store provides locals and tourists with specialty homewares from around the world, unique objects to remember one’s travels and admirably designed tools for everyday life.
17 / Texas Made Modern Furniture
103 N. Nevill St. / 432.386.6939 / garzamarfa.com
Open by appointment
18 / Gallerie Urbane: Marfa / Satellite Exhibit Lounge
601 W. San Antonio St. / gallerieurbane.com
Galleri Urbane represents emerging, mid career, and established artists living in the United States, with the primary focus on artists whose work reflects current art movements both nationally and internationally. These artists are represented in museums as well as public and private collections throughout the United States and abroad. The artists work in a variety of media including painting, sculpture, mixed media, photography, and conceptual. Open Daily 9a.m. to 6p.m.
19 / The Wrong Store and Gallery
110 W. Dallas St. / wrongmarfa.com
Everybody loves: www.wrongmarfa.com/marfa-recs/
The Wrong Store and Gallery is in the oldest church in Marfa. Wrong has 5-6 artist exhibitions a year. Open Monday-Saturday, 12-6 p.m. and usually Sundays. Go to the main blinking light where 90/67 intersect. Go one block south to Dallas St. and turn right. We are in the next block - old church building with a giant, orange neon horseshoe sign in front. Future exhibitions: October 11-December 1: Boombox, Photos by Lyle Owerko and sculptures by Camp Bosworth.