Marfa: The Transformation of a West Texas Town

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University of Texas Press #ad - While newcomers sometimes see it as “another santa fe, ” long-time residents often take a bemused, even disapproving attitude toward the changes that Marfa has undergone since artist Donald Judd came to town in the 1970s and began creating spaces for his own and other artists’ work. A small town in the vast desert of west Texas, Marfa attracts visitors from around the world to its art foundations and galleries, film and music festivals, and design and architecture symposiums.

They remember when ranching and the military formed the basis of the town’s economy, even as they acknowledge that tourist dollars are now essential to Marfa’s sustainabilityMarfa tells an engaging story of how this isolated place became a beacon in the art world, like the famous Marfa Lights that draw curious spectators into the West Texas night.

Marfa: The Transformation of a West Texas Town #ad - As kathleen shafer delves into the town’s early history, she unlocks the complex interplay between the particularities of the place, the impact of Donald Judd, the textures of local culture and tradition, the forces of commerce and growth, the expansion of arts programming, and the increase in tourism, and the transformative role of artists and creative work.

Bookending her story between two iconic artworks—the whimsical Prada Marfa and the crass Playboy Marfa—Shafer illuminates the shifting cultural landscape of Marfa, showing why this place has become a mecca for so many and how the influx of newcomers has transformed its character.

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Marfa Modern: Artistic Interiors of the West Texas High Desert

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The Monacelli Press #ad - Today, including interiors, judd is revered for his minimalist art and the stringent standards he applied to everything around him, architecture, and furniture. A. Extraordinary building costs mean that marfa dwellers embrace a culture of frontier ingenuity and freedom from excess—salvaged metal signs become sliding doors and lengths of pipe become lighting fixtures, horse manure, and other materials are suggested by the land itself: walls are made of adobe bricks or rammed earth to form sculptural courtyards, or, cactus mucilage, in one remarkable instance, a mix of mud and brick plastered with local soils, industrial warehouses are redesigned after the area’s white-cube galleries to create space for private or personally created art collections, and straw.

When donald judd began his Marfa project in the early 1970s, it was regarded as an idiosyncratic quest. 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. In keeping with judd’s site-specific intentions, those who call Marfa home have made a choice to live in concert with their untamed, open surroundings.

Marfa Modern: Artistic Interiors of the West Texas High Desert #ad - A chef’s 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 mediums—with Judd’s Fort D. Monacelli Press. 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.

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Marfa and the Mystique of Far West Texas

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University of Louisiana #ad - My goal as a photographer is to reveal a bit of that mystique. It starts with confusion about the name and where it s located, eventually followed by puzzlement over the altitude 4685 feet and climate comfortable in August. From the introduction:what is it about Marfa, Texas? More and more visitors are arriving and the amount of press for such a small, remote town is astonishing.

Try describing Marfa to anyone who has never been there. Monacelli Press. Some of the subjects included in the book are: high desert landscapes, local residents, performers, iconic local landmarks such as the Chinati Foundation, indigenous flora, art installations, El Cosmico and the McDonald Observatory.

Marfa and the Mystique of Far West Texas #ad - Its allure is elusive.

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Chinati: The Vision of Donald Judd

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Yale University Press #ad - The chinati foundation is widely considered one of the world’s most important destinations for experiencing large-scale contemporary art. Construction and installation at the site began in 1979 with help from the Dia Art Foundation, and it was opened to the public in 1986. Chinati is located on 340 acres of desert on the site of former Fort D.

A. It was founded by donald judd 1928–1994, whose specific ambition was to preserve and present a select number of permanent installations that were inextricably linked to the surrounding landscape. Russell in Marfa, Texas. His installations at marfa include 15 outdoor works in concrete and 100 aluminum pieces housed in two carefully renovated artillery sheds.

Chinati: The Vision of Donald Judd #ad - Monacelli Press. This handsome publication is the first comprehensive presentation of the Chinati Foundation’s collection in more than twenty years. The book also features writings by Judd relating to Chinati and Marfa, and a complete catalogue of the collection. The individual installations at chinati are presented in chronological order with stunning photography; these include work by John Chamberlain, Claes Oldenburg and Coosje Van Bruggen, Richard Long, David Rabinowitch, Carl Andre, Ilya Kabakov, Roni Horn, Dan Flavin, as well as Judd himself.

The book describes how judd developed his ideas of the role of art and museums from the early 1960s onward, culminating in the creation of Chinati and including its two predecessors—his buildings in New York and his residence in Marfa.

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Hey, Marfa: Poems

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Graywolf Press #ad - The poet and translator jeffrey Yang experienced the vastness of desert, sky, township, and time itself as a profound clash of dislocation and familiarity. Hey, marfa is a desert diary scaled to music that aspires to emit particles of light. What does it mean to survive in a physical and metaphorical desert? how does a habitat long associated with wilderness and death become a center for nourishment and art?Out of those experiences and questions, culture, anthropological investigation into history, Yang has fashioned a fascinating, a book of last words―that is a lyrical, an anti-Western, multifaceted work―an anti-travel guide, and extremity of place.

Monacelli Press. An extraordinary lyric and visual meditation on place, and art rippling out from Marfa, and ranchers, the town of Marfa has long been an oasis for artists, nature, TexasSituated in the outreaches of southwest Texas, immigrants looking for work, while the ghosts of the indigenous and the borders between languages and nations are apparent everywhere.

Hey, Marfa: Poems #ad - . Paintings and drawings of marfa’s landscapes and substations by the artist Rackstraw Downes intertwine with Yang’s texts as mutual nodes and lines of energy.

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Texas Made/Texas Modern: The House and the Land

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The Monacelli Press #ad - A compelling survey of texas houses that draw both on the heritage of pioneer ranches and on the twentieth-century design principles of modernism. Helen thompson and casey dunn, the writer/photographer team that produced the exceptionally successful Marfa Modern, join forces again to investigate Texas modernism.

Its roots are in the early Texas pioneer houses, whose long, low profiles express an efficiency that is basic to the modern idiom. Monacelli Press. The juxtaposition of the sleek European forms with a gritty Texas spirit generated a unique brand of modernism that is very basic to the culture of the state today.

Williams was the first to combine modernism with texas regionalism in the 1930s, and his legacy was sustained by his protégé O'Neil Ford, who practiced in San Antonio from the late 1930s until his death in the mid 1970s. Their approach is seen today in the work of Lake/Flato Architects and a new generation of designers who have emerged from that distinguished firm and continue to elegantly merge modernism with the vocabulary of the Texas ranching heritage.

Texas Made/Texas Modern: The House and the Land #ad - Twenty houses are included from across the state, with examples in major urban centers like Dallas and Austin and in suburban and rural areas, including a number in the evocative Hill Country. This texas-centric style is focused on the relationship of the house to the site, the materials it is made of--most often local stone and wood--and the way the building functions in the harsh Texas climate.

Dallas architect David R.

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Giant: Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, James Dean, Edna Ferber, and the Making of a Legendary American Film

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St. Martin's Press #ad - Isolating his star cast in the wilds of West Texas, sexual proclivities, insecurities, director George Stevens brought together a volatile mix of egos, and talent. In this compelling and impeccably researched narrative history of the making of the film, a considerable literary celebrity, who meets her match in the imposing Robert Kleberg, proprietor of the vast King Ranch; and Glenn McCarthy, Don Graham chronicles the stories of Stevens, whose trauma in World War II intensified his ambition to make films that would tell the story of America; Edna Ferber, an American oil tycoon; and Errol Flynn lookalike with a taste for Hollywood.

Yet he coaxed performances out of them that made cinematic history, winning Stevens the Academy Award for Best Director and garnering nine other nominations, including a nomination for Best Actor for James Dean, who died before the film was finished. Monacelli Press. A larger-than-life narrative of the making of the classic film, marking the rise of America as a superpower, the ascent of Hollywood celebrity, and the flowering of Texas culture as mythology.

Giant: Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, James Dean, Edna Ferber, and the Making of a Legendary American Film #ad - Featuring james dean, and elizabeth taylor, giant is an epic film of fame and materialism, Rock Hudson, based around the discovery of oil at Spindletop and the establishment of the King Ranch of south Texas. Drawing on archival sources graham’s Giant is a comprehensive depiction of the film’s production showing readers how reality became fiction and fiction became cinema.

Stevens knew he was overwhelmed with Hudson’s promiscuity, Taylor’s high diva-dom, and Dean’s egotistical eccentricity.

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God Save Texas: A Journey into the Soul of the Lone Star State

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Knopf #ad - It is a red state, but the cities are blue and among the most diverse in the nation. Bringing together the historical and the contemporary, texas native Lawrence Wright gives us a colorful, the political and the personal, wide-ranging portrait of a state that not only reflects our country as it is, but as it may become—and shows how the battle for Texas’s soul encompasses us all.

A new york times notable booknational book critics Circle Award FinalistAn NPR Best Book of the YearGod Save Texas is a journey through the most controversial state in America. Low taxes and minimal regulation have produced extraordinary growth, but also striking income disparities. Texas looks a lot like the America that Donald Trump wants to create.

God Save Texas: A Journey into the Soul of the Lone Star State #ad - Monacelli Press. Oil is still king, but Texas now leads California in technology exports.

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Double Vision: The Unerring Eye of Art World Avatars Dominique and John de Menil

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Knopf #ad - We see them introduced to the artists in europe and america whose works they would collect, sculptures, photographs, by the 1960s, drawings, 000 paintings, their collection had grown to include 17, and we see how, rare books, and decorative objects. And here is, as well, a vivid behind-the-scenes look at the art world of the twentieth century and the enormous influence the de Menils wielded through what they collected and built and through the causes they believed in.

Monacelli Press. The first and definitive biography of the celebrated collectors Dominique and John de Menil, artistic scholarship, who became one of the greatest cultural forces of the twentieth century through groundbreaking exhibits of art, the creation of innovative galleries and museums, and work with civil rights.

Double Vision: The Unerring Eye of Art World Avatars Dominique and John de Menil #ad - Dominique and john de menil created an oasis of culture in their Philip Johnson-designed house with everyone from Marlene Dietrich and René Magritte to Andy Warhol and Jasper Johns. In houston, the rothko chapel, the cy twombly Gallery, they built the Menil Collection, the Byzantine Fresco Chapel, and underwrote the Contemporary Arts Museum.

Now, with unprecedented access to family archives, William Middleton has written a sweeping biography of this unique couple. From their ancestors in normandy and Alsace, to their own early years in France, and their travels in South America before settling in Houston.

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Donald Judd

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David Zwirner Books | Steidl #ad - This publication documents an exhibition of donald judd's work held at David Zwirner in New York in 2011, which presented works drawn from the artist's seminal 1989 exhibition held at the Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, Germany. The combinations of materials, dividers and colors--which differ from box to box--thus determine the singular nature of each work within a finite number of variable possibilities.

. As such, these works comprise one of Judd's few explorations of color on a large scale. Monacelli Press. With new scholarship by noted art historian richard Shiff, in addition to archival material and an interview with the artist by Jochen Poetter, this hardcover provides a focused investigation of one of the key concerns within Judd's practice.

Donald Judd #ad - Consisting of 12 identically scaled anodized aluminum works, the historic exhibition at the Kunsthalle Baden-Baden was significant in that it marked the first time Judd used colored anodized aluminum in such a large, floor-mounted format. Used book in Good Condition.

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Texas Blood: Seven Generations Among the Outlaws, Ranchers, Indians, Missionaries, Soldiers, and Smugglers of the Borderlands

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Knopf #ad - In the tradition of ian frazier's great plains, and as vivid as the work of Cormac McCarthy, an intoxicating, singularly illuminating history of the Texas borderlands from their settlement through seven generations of Roger D. Knopf. And here is a contemplation of what it means that the ranching industry that has sustained families like Hodge's for almost two centuries is quickly fading away, taking with it a part of our larger, deep-rooted cultural inheritance.

Here is an unsentimental, punishing, keenly insightful attempt to grapple with all that makes Texas so magical, and polarizing. Monacelli Press. Here is a spellbindingly evocative portrait of the borderlands--with its brutal history of colonization, conquest, and genocide; where stories of death and drugs and desperation play out daily.

Texas Blood: Seven Generations Among the Outlaws, Ranchers, Indians, Missionaries, Soldiers, and Smugglers of the Borderlands #ad - A wholly original fusion of memoir and history--as piercing as it is elegiac--Texas Blood is a triumph. What brought the author's family to texas? what is it about texas that for centuries has exerted a powerful allure for adventurers and scoundrels, outlaws and outliers? In search of answers, dreamers and desperate souls, Hodge travels across his home state--which he loves and hates in shifting measure--tracing the wanderings of his ancestors into forgotten histories along vanished roads.

. Used book in Good Condition. Hodge's ranching family.

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