Posts tagged “Donald Judd

Marfa Again

Posted on January 13, 2018

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I went to Marfa. Again. During my first visit, I had a sense I would return eventually. And so I do in October 2017, flying into El Paso, driving I-10 through a seemingly permanent border patrol checkpoint, then taking US-90 past Prada Marfa. After an enjoyable five days in New York, I’m ready for more open space, slightly less noise, and continued inspiration. Marfa once again delivers. Upon arrival in Marfa, my first stop is Judd Foundation downtown (of course here, downtown means near the traffic stop). I pick up a current Marfa map, ask about happenings in the area, and confirm previously-made reservations. I notice from the staff and guests that the primary demographic in Marfa is self-selected. If you’re here, you probably want to be. Don Judd Over the…

Five Days in October

Posted on December 31, 2017

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For five days in October, I seek inspiration among the galleries, museums, streets and tabletops in New York. I have plans to tour Don Judd’s 101 Spring Street and visit as many Dia locations as reasonable, otherwise I expect my days to fill up with whatever strikes my interest at the time. There is certainly no lack of things to do. Wednesday, October 18 On the day of arrival, my primary objective is to settle into the immediate environment. So after dropping luggage, I walk the High Line to the Chelsea Market for a late and leisurely lunch. Feeling refreshed on a nice afternoon, I spend the rest of the day flaneuring in parks, through Chelsea galleries, and in the book collection at Hauser & Wirth. Extra time on an efficient travel day always seems like a bonus, and…

Peer of One

Posted on September 10, 2016

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My team was calculating benchmark comparisons for a client, and I called an abrupt mental break. Really, how similar are these peer companies? Is Ford the same as General Motors? Coca-Cola and PepsiCo? Wells Fargo, JPMorgan Chase, and Citi? Are company components – like people, process, or technology – commodities to be easily transferred? How much of one company would need to be replicated elsewhere in order to produce similar results? Yes, we can compare metrics to identify and apply best practices in domains, but ultimately an organization has its own history, culture and structure at a point in time. It has only one true peer…itself. “…if you want to rework Matisse, you’ll just be a bad Matisse, that’s all.” -Donald Judd It’s similar with individuals. Your specific personality, choices…

Marfa

Posted on February 26, 2016

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Don’t go to Marfa. It’s in the middle of nowhere. It’s on the way to no place. And I’d like to pretend I’m the only person who knows about it. But should you find yourself in West Texas, USA, with some time to immerse yourself, you’ll find a gem in the desert. Check out the art scene that started with Donald Judd, continues through Judd Foundation and Chinati, and now includes nearly 20 galleries clustered near the downtown area. RULE Gallery and inde/jacobs were favorites during my visit. If you look hard enough, Marfa will reveal herself. Enjoy sunrise and sunset, and explore the downtown area in between. Step back in time in the Hotel Paisano lobby (even if you’re staying elsewhere in a trailer or…