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"Immaterial" at Ballroom Marfa

“Untitled” by Julie Mehretu

If you’ve never been to Marfa, the small Texas town three hours away from the nearest city with enough people to call a population, you’ve probably heard of it by now. Donald Judd ring a bell? At the helm of its art scene is Ballroom Marfa, which helped fund the famous 2005 sculpture “Prada Marfa” and has played host to a number of artists and musicians since it opened in 2003, including Grizzly Bear, Yo La Tengo, Sonic Youth, Joanna Newsom and Animal Collective, to name just a few.

Their newest exhibition, the group show “Immaterial,” boasts some impressive talent. Instead of one artist taking center stage, the quality of the work is top notch all around. The exhibition gets its name from the focus on form and structure across a variety of mediums, like the sculptures of Liz Larner, the sculptural paintings of Rosy Keyser, the intensely layered collages of Laleh Khorramian and the powerful line work of Julie Mehretu. Mehretu’s latest solo show recently traveled from the Guggenheim in Berlin to its location in New York, but she made headlines earlier this month when her painting, Untitled 1, which was estimated at $600-800,000, sold for $1.2 mil at Sotheby’s.

Unless you happen to be passing through the southwestern edge of Texas this weekend,  listen to the Talk at Ten interview wit the show’s curator Fairfax Dorn on Friday, October 1 at 10am on Marfa Public Radio (you can stream it).

Laleh Khorramian

Rosy Keyser