DONALD JUDD / MARFA, TEXAS
DONALD JUDD + MARFA, TEXAS
One of the most significant artists of the twentieth century, Donald Judd enjoyed a successful career in New York in the 1970’s when he decided to move to an empty and dilapidated town in a remote area of West Texas, a three hour drive from the nearest airport. Judd began to purchase properties there, where he would continue installing his work and the work of others on a permanent basis until his death in 1994. Marfa provided Judd with the opportunity to further explore his interest for architecture, with the creation of the Chinati Foundation and the restoration of numerous buildings. His art and architectural works turned Marfa and the region into one of the art world’s most important destinations.
In this beautifully shot documentary focused on Judd’s life and times in Marfa, his daughter Rainer and his son Flavin take us into the core of what pushed the artist to settle in the middle of nowhere. Directors Tatiana Issa and Guto Barra spent weeks shooting the stunning landscape of West Texas with the use of aerial shots and interviewing curators, artists and friends of Judd’s - in a rare glimpse into one of America’s most elusive artists.