Prior to visual artist Donald Judd moving to Marfa in the 1970s, this small Western Texas was best known as the location for the shooting of the 1956 movie Giant (with Rock Hudson, Elizabeth Taylor, and James Dean) and for its “mystery lights,”unexplained lights in the night sky. But through the vision and example of Donald Judd, today Marfa is home to a world-renowned collection of contemporary art, attracting visitors worldwide as well as artists and craftspeople who, like Judd, are inspired by what Marfa has to offer.
Judd wrote, “It takes a great deal of time and thought to install work carefully. This should not always be thrown away. Most art is fragile and some should be placed and never moved again. Somewhere a portion of contemporary art has to exist as an example of what the art and its context were meant to be.”