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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Gallery Hopping in Marfa


3. What to Do

The Arena.  

A surfeit of galleries gives Marfa its reputation as an artistic oasis. Donald Judd's ultra-minimalist furniture and sculptures are the highlight of the Chinati Foundation, home to the largest installation of contemporary art in the world. Visit the Judd Foundation, the artist's work and living spaces. Inde/Jacobs shows fine art and photography by many Chinati artists. Ballroom Marfa is a converted 1927 dance hall that hosts two modern-art exhibits a year; through February, you can see film posters painted by Peter Doig. There's more modern at 2d Marfa, which shows paintings, drawings, sculpture, and installations by eleven American artists, including Gretchen Berggren and James Westwater. Galleri Urbane has four galleries, now featuring the photography of Michael Berman and encaustic paintings by Jason Willaford, among others. HWY 90 Gallery has outdoor sculptures by Mel Lyons, and Andy Warhol's Last Supper is currently on display at the Ayn Foundation gallery in the Brite Building (107-109 N. Highland Ave.; 432-729-3315). After all that, drink S.O.B. sangria at the new Luz de Estrella Winery, Marfa's first. Try to get there for sunset.

Published on Oct 11, 2006 as a web exclusive.

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