Marfa Texas

Not sure if this was a Donald Judd influence but this venue has a minimalist sign.
Not sure if this was a Donald Judd influence but this venue has a minimalist sign.

Marfa, Texas is an arts community that has a side of Texas county seat and rancher culture. Donald Judd settled here in 1971. Judd was a titan of minimalistic art and made huge installations. Huge but minimal. Marfa was a place he could go big and he did. He owned several ranches and air hangers and the Chinati hot springs. He died over twenty years ago but two foundations and a pack of other people have built Marfa into and international arts destination. Part of me hates it and part of me loves it. I don’t know why the hate. Okay, I do. There’s an element of poser/hipster-ness that I find inauthentic. I like art. I like big art. I really like good food. The fame and destination-ness have resulted in some fantastic food options. And then there’s the people trying to slay us all with their efforts at cool and I think effort does not equal cool. You must be yourself. So I liked the broken down Marfa shoulder to shoulder with international destination Marfa. I did not like the Marfa is…insert your word…self-congratulatory hand bags, socks, t-shirts, and hats. Give me your film festivals, opera, and art shows, keep your chachkas of self-referential coolness.

The food at Cochineal was superb. Worth every penny.

Reflections
Reflections
Minimalism in a shop makes me uncomfortable.
Minimalism in a shop makes me uncomfortable.
Maybe if we win the lottery we'll fix this up.
Maybe if we win the lottery we’ll fix this up.
Please
Please
Lifestyle coach with no curb appeal.
Lifestyle coach with no curb appeal.
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