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Donald Judd’s Chinati Foundation To Be Rober...

Donald Judd’s Chinati Foundation To Be Robert Irwin’s Shrine

For the past thirty years the former site of Fort D.A. Russell’s hospital has been home to Donald Judd’s Chinati Foundation. Built on the basis of presenting the public with permanent large-scale installations the foundation hosts works by a limited number of artists, which so far include Dan Flavin, John Chamberlain, Ingólfur Arnarsson and Judd himself among others. Located on 340 acres of land in Marfa, Texas the foundation has recently been under renovations to add an ambitious project by the American installation artist Robert Irwin.

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Robert Irwin Project, Chinati Foundation. Photo: Kickstarter

Trained as a painter Irwin is mainly known as a pioneer of the “Light and Space” movement in 1960s and has continuously played with perception, light, shadow and space. His evanescent sculptures and installations have often times been ambitious and always focused on displaying the beauty of the world, which awarded him the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur “Genius” Awards in 1984 alongside James Turrell.

For the Chinati Foundation Irwin is building a courtyard, the first building of its kind designed by the artist. Made, as many of his other works, out of plain materials the building will be used to exclusively showcase Irwin’s art. The light-filled structure is accompanied by a garden, which will serve as a space of rest, and enjoyment. The C-shaped structure will not require any artificial light, natural Texas sunlight blasting through its rectangular-spaced windows.   

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Robert Irwin Project, Chinati Foundation. Photo: Kickstarter

Construction on the structure started in 2015 and is to be finished by July 2016. In order to raise the needed funds for the completion of the project the foundation and Irwin have turned to Kickstarter with the goal of raising $75,000 over the next 23 days. Meant as a space for relaxation and contemplation for the public, the campaign offers individuals to be active participants in its completion and become patrons of the art.

$30 Pledge LIMITED EDITION T-SHIRT:

Chinati’s classic t-shirt, produced in a limited edition commemorating the opening of the Robert Irwin building this summer. Available only to Kickstarter donors. Adult sizes XS – XXL. Plus, a subscription to the Marfa Sky Report and your name listed as an Irwin supporter on the Chinati website and in the museum’s annual newsletter.

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$100 Pledge PREVIEW THE CONSTRUCTION SITE:

Review our progress on the courtyard. Chinati’s director, Jenny Moore, and associate director, Rob Weiner, will host coffee and a discussion at the building site on Sunday morning, March 13 at 11:00 am. Plus, your name listed as an Irwin supporter on the Chinati website and in the museum’s annual newsletter. (Limit 100)

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$500 Pledge ARCHITECTURAL DRAWING:

Receive a limited edition, 18×24 inch schematic plan of the Robert Irwin project, printed on vellum.

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$2,500 Pledge PRIVATE, FULL COLLECTION TOUR WITH SUNSET AT THE IRWIN BUILDING:

A private tour of Chinati’s entire permanent collection and special exhibitions with one of our knowledgeable and friendly museum docents. Includes admission for up to six people and ends at the Robert Irwin building for a special sunset viewing.

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Adriana Pauly is a curator and art writer with a MFA in Contemporary Art, based in New York. She specializes in artwork by emerging female artists as well as Latin American art. She has been published by Missy Magazine, Autre Magazine and is currently the Content Coordinator of Art Report.

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