Art in the Desert -Talks about Donald Judd and some of the art in Marfa, Texas

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"He had known several men who blew their heads off, and he had pondered it much.  It seemed to him it was probably because they could not take enough happiness just from the sky and the moon to carry them over the low feelings that come to all men."

— quote from Larry McMurtry’s Lonesome Dove manually transcribed by Donald Judd onto a piece of notebook paper in 1989, now on exhibit in Marfa at the Judd Foundation show on Judd’s land conservation and desert structures, “From Arroyo Grande to Ayala de Chinati.”

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this picture of donald judd and dan flavin = always a reblog

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“Judd wanted one of his children to grow up to be an astronomer and the other an astrophysicist. ‘I think if he thought any role in society was more valuable than the artist, he would have said astronomer or astrophysicist. Nobody else. He was interested in there being a crossover between science and art.’ But neither child developed a particular interest in science: Flavin went to art school, Rainer to New York University’s film school. After graduating she landed a few small parts in Hollywood films before deciding to concentrate on writing. She says there was a certain amount of judgment from her father when she said she wanted to become an actress. ‘He said, “Well, you can be an actress if you are like Vanessa Redgrave.”’”
“Judd, whose father was a wood worker, had an extensive, priceless collection of 20th-century furniture. Much of this is displayed in Marfa’s former bank, a building Judd transformed by removing the fake ceiling and teller’s booths to reveal the strong concrete bones of the building and a pastoral mural showing a field of longhorns. On display are pieces by Gerrit Rietveld, Marcel Breuer, Gustav Stickley, Mies van der Rohe, Alvar Aalto, Piet Mondrian and Frank Lloyd Wright. All these influenced Judd’s own designs – for chairs, shelves, desks, beds and tables – that echo the formal purism of his sculptures. But, he stressed: “The art of a chair is not its resemblance to art, but is partly its reasonableness, usefulness and scale as a chair.””