High fashion meets the middle of the desert. If you are a frequent reader of this blog, you probably know about my love for Prada Marfa, and more importantly the talented Gray Malin. For those of you who do not know about Marfa, it is a small art town in the middle of West Texas that is known for its unique art installations. We are actually planning a trip for the Spring to finally see the town in person. Since studying Art History in college, I have always felt a close connection with the art world. While, I may not be able to afford all any of the pieces that I truly admire, being able to visit museums, galleries, or even something as special as Marfa keeps that connection alive.
So back to my love for Prada Marfa. Last year when Patrick and I moved into our first place, it was important that if we were going to spend money on artwork it had to mean something to us. I can’t recall exactly what I was doing when I stumbled upon Gray Malin and his Prada Marfa series over a year ago, but I knew that instant that I was going to be a long time fan of his work. Prada Marfa in particular spoke to the both of us because the juxtaposition between the vast desert and high fashion.
While I absolutely love my first real piece of purchased art, the reason for this post is much larger than my love for material things. Prada Marfa is being threatened. Texas lawmakers are suggesting that the art installation on side side of the highway will be permanently shut down. There argument for the shut down is said to be an illegal advertisment. Now it’s your turn to help #savepradamarfa. Malin is offering an exclusive signed 11″ X 17″ print (shown above) on MaisonGray.com for only $99.00 with a portion of the proceeds being donated to the Ballroom Marfa (a non-profit that supported the installation of Prada Marfa)
Here are a few words from Gray about the print:
“The image, titled Pondering Prada Marfa was selected to remind us that although art is supposed to ignite a conversation and force us to dig deeper, it is also for our pleasure and enjoyment. If the installation was torn down it would deny many people a chance to enjoy this incredible ‘pop architectural land-art’ installation. Through this photograph, we hope to bring back Ballroom Marfa’s mission to empower artist to create– art is for art’s sake!”
xox- a dash of details