Donald Judd Is Inaugurated as a 21st-Century Philosopher-King
Lynch, Claudia, Lynch, Patrick, The Architectural Review
A home for late 20th-century longing at the end of a long road trip, the sculptures at The Chinati Foundation embody both dreams of arriving and a yearning for escape. Perhaps because they are the first thing you see and the last thing you visit at the Chinati Foundation, Donald Judd's Concrete Works (which have recently undergone a refurbishment and reopened last month) seems to be the conclusion and the point of it all.
When Judd arrived in the late 1960s, Marfa, Texas, consisted of a quartermaster's house beside a railway line and a collection of empty buildings. Main Street was famous for its hotel where the stars of 1950s Giant stayed while filming nearby and not much else. When the army left town, the money did, too. Judd spent his New York art money converting the disused barracks into a series of gallery spaces and converted the quartermaster's house and stores into a hacienda, a walled sanctuary for …
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Publication information: Article title: Donald Judd Is Inaugurated as a 21st-Century Philosopher-King. Contributors: Lynch, Claudia - Author, Lynch, Patrick - Author. Magazine title: The Architectural Review. Volume: 226. Issue: 1354 Publication date: December 2009. Page number: 31+. © 2008 EMAP Architecture. COPYRIGHT 2009 Gale Group.
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