At the end of a seven-hour drive from Austin you enter the high desert of West Texas. There, between the Davis Mountains to the north and Big Bend National Park to the south, are just a handful of tiny towns, remote cattle ranches and roving pronghorn antelope. And Marfa, a small, sleepy place with an outsize international reputation. Much of its sophistication can be traced to Donald Judd, an artist whose monumental minimalist installations at the Chinati Foundation drew the art world to Marfa in the 1980s.

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