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26 April 2012

Guest Blogger: Vogue's Naomi Smart

On a recent trip with Vogue, I went to a magical place called Marfa, west Texas. It is well known in the art world through it's connection with the famous American artist Donald Judd who set up camp in 1971 and started permanently installing his art. Since Judd's death in 1994, two foundations have been working to maintain his legacy: the Chinati Foundation and Judd Foundation. Every year The Chinati Foundation holds an Open House event where artists, collectors, and enthusiasts come from around the world to visit Marfa's art.

They have a saying in Marfa, 'You'da thunk it?'. You would have thunk it? A small town filled with cowboys, and artists with a population of under 2000, 4 hours away from El Paso airport, in the middle of the wild wild west? I absolutely fell in love with the place.

From the thrift store where I bought a $5 dress and had a girl at the local cowboy bar tell me it was her mother's, to discovering painted bowling bowl pins to look like people popping up as art installations every morning, to discovering Larry Clark was staying in our hotel (El Paisano) while filming his new film, to finding out that No Country for Old Men, There will be Blood, True Grit and Giant with James Dean were all filmed in and around Marfa, and driving past the Prada store installation, to discovering the amazing Food Shark restaurant! Marfa is simply an epicentre of creativity and has to be visited!

Oh to live somewhere where no-one locks there doors and leaves their keys in the ignition! Where every simple cafe or restaurant serves delicious food in a beautiful and stylish surrounding and doesn't cost the Earth. Why can't everywhere be like Marfa? It simply proves that good taste doesn't cost!

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