vendredi, juin 09, 2006


Prada Marfa is incredible. It's not far from the Chinati Foundation initiated by Donald Judd in Marfa. For me, it means much more than the art by Judd and friends, an art turned into money & religion & museum circuit. This genuine Prada store along the road in the desert is the most moving piece of art I have ever seen (but the sceneries that surround it, mother nature still being artist n°1 in the South West).

At the Chinati, you have to be careful to not move any piece of dust in the Kabakov installation (a communist abandoned school) since it is there on purpose. You have to be careful to not touch the aluminium giant sculptures by Judd and to not move the stones by Richard Long. The people start to talk very carefully to not disturb the ghosts of such a grandeur...

Artists Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset present their newest sculpture, entitled Prada Marfa. "The work is located on the outskirts of Valentine, Texas near Marfa on desolate ranching land with no other visible trace of civilization. As one drives toward the artwork it appears to be a large minimalist sculpture; as one gets closer it looks like a luxury boutique where a display of Fall 2005 high-heel Prada shoes and bags can be seen through the store front windows. Yet, one cannot open the door, it is a sealed time capsule and will never function as a place of commerce."