Oklahoma Contemporary (formerly City Arts), led by Keesee and his Marfa Land & Cattle Co., turned the old Webb Brothers Gulf gas station and Chrysler dealership, 100 E San Antonio St., into the latest entry into the world of Marfa art.
For Oklahoma Contemporary, the move was bigger than Dallas. Marfa is that cool in the art world. As a satellite, it echoes the mission of Oklahoma Contemporary:
“The Mission of Marfa Contemporary Gallery encourages artistic expression in all its forms through education and exhibitions,” Elliott & Associates says on its web site, www.e-a-a.com, which has numerous photos. “The Vision states, ‘We endeavor to instill in the public a lifetime appreciation of the arts and enthusiasm for creative practice.’ Marfa Contemporary Gallery incorporates and enhances the existing businesses, and includes a 2,156-square-foot art gallery, administration offices, a studio for artists in residence, indoor and outdoor dining areas, and a wet bar.”
Marfa Contemporary has an Artist in Residence program, providing quarters and “an opportunity for artists from the USA to work in a unique natural environment,” it says at marfacontemporary.org. “Marfa is a small town in a sparsely populated area of far West Texas and artists should be prepared to spend a great portion of their time alone. A residency at Marfa Contemporary is perfect for those artists who seek a quiet environment that remains largely unfettered by industrialism.”
How cool is this?
Y’all keep talking about that last part, and I’ll start pasting these columns of mine on canvas and calling it art.