Prada Marfa Controversy

Posted on: Monday, October 7, 2013

I first learned of the Prada Marfa art installation through Gray Malin's series of photographs.  Marfa is a town in West Texas that is known for their arts. Above, Prada Marfa stands almost 40 miles away on highway 90 in Jeff Davis County which is just outside of Valentine, TX. The free standing art installation was built by Elmgreen and Dragset in 2005.  The doors are sealed shut and the interior is filled with purses and shoes from Prada's 2005 fall collection. The building was meant to be a permanent sculpture. Recently, the Texas Department of Transportation questioned whether Prada Marfa was actually art or an advertisement.  The department ruled that Prada Marfa is an advertisement and therefore,  illegal. What is your take on the controversy? Is Prada Marfa a contemporary piece of art or do you agree that is is indeed an advertisement?  There has been quite a buzz surrounding this issue. There is a Save Marfa Facebook Page and a trending hashtag #SavePradaMarfa
You can read Gray Malin's take on the matter in this blog post.  He also includes a few outtakes from his Prada Marfa Series.



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