I have to confess that I’m writing this without ever having been to Marfa, Texas. But it’s on my list: I’m intrigued by the amount of notoriety and inspiration it provides for being so remote. It feels like one of those mirage-like spaces, whose locale and pilgrimage to visit adds to its mystique.
While my knowledge of Marfa is second hand, its impression – and look – has been well documented for me to study (before I visit.) There is a small town familiarity present in photographs of the place, with a seemingly endless desert as backdrop. In some photos of the iconic Prada Marfa installation by artists Elmgreen & Dragset, there is a tension of unattainable new architecture, built in a desert far from its usual audience. These images are so powerful and now familiar, that adding them to your wall – even without visiting – tells people you’re an intrigued art aficionado.
Check out our favorite Marfa memorabilia or begin to plan your very own trip to Marfa.