Escape to Marfa, Texas

To escape New York City, minimalist artist Donald Judd went to Marfa, Texas, where he eventually established the Chinati Foundation. People have been escaping to Marfa ever since, and it seems the movement is only growing.

We spent some extended time there many years ago and have followed the town's happenings ever since. The Chinati Foundation sponsors an artist-in-residency program for visiting artists to come and live on the museum grounds.

Likewise, the Lannan Foundation offers a writers-in-residency program. Selected writers come and live/work in one of a few beautifully modern renovated adobe houses in Marfa. That's one of them pictured above.

We were most suprised to see the recent announcement of the Third Street Compound, a studio loft development in Marfa, offering anyone who wants to buy a place the opportunity to make their own escape to this creative desert town.