Never Before Seen Prada Marfa Print from Gray Malin’s Series Prada Marfa
Available This Week Only to Help Support Ballroom Marfa
This week only, we are offering a never-before-seen image from Gray’s 2010 photo shoot at the Prada Installation. Titled Pondering Prada Marfa, the signed print is available at a discounted price of $99, and 25% of the proceeds will go to help raise awareness and support other art similar to this landmark. We are donating funds to Ballroom Marfa, a non-profit that helped fund this installation.
You can buy this limited edition print at the Gray Malin online store.
Thank you for your support!
We have been talking about non-profit art organizations here in the studio recently. As you may know, the town of Marfa in West Texas houses art projects central to our community, as well as our office and Gray Malin. Gray is from Texas and grew up going to Marfa and has continually been inspired by his time spent there at a young age.
You may have seen Gray’s popular series, Prada Marfa. The influential organization, Ballroom Marfa, helped curate and maintains this installation. I wanted to learn more about the Ballroom Marfa organization and share with you their mission and why it is important (to everyone, including our office and Gray Malin).
Ballroom Marfa supports international to local artists of any and every medium and encourages artist expression outside of the gallery setting.
Ballroom Marfa is particularly interested in helping artists and curators achieve projects that have significant cultural impact but would be impossible to realize in a traditional gallery or museum setting.
For Ballroom Marfa,
great public art empowers people and gives them alternate ways to understand the times that we live in.
To us here at the studio , Ballroom Marfa is important because of the relationship they foster between landscape and art. Our studio manager Ashlee, who has also lived in Texas told me, “It is interesting to have this in West Texas, where it is predominantly farmers and cowboys. It’s a true representation at its core of mainstream America. It’s allowing people to be a part of art that maybe wouldn’t normally experience these things.”
For Gray Malin, “Growing up going to Marfa I became incredibly inspired by the artist Donald Judd and the way he used the landscape to display his work at the Chinati Foundation. Building upon Judd’s original ‘Marfa movement’, the Ballroom Marfa has funded, and is continuing to fund many artistic creative concepts that indirectly, and directly help attract people to Marfa. Personally I love how the Ballroom has created its own ‘movement’ continuing on the legacy of Judd while continuing to foster the imagination of a much larger community; everyone should be able to experience Marfa once in their lifetime.”
Ballroom Marfa can be found in a white transformed dance studio in Marfa, Texas (pictured above). To support Ballroom Marfa, the artists they work with, and the important cultural projects they create visit their support site. Next week we will be speaking more about how the Gray Malin studio will be supporting Ballroom Marfa. Below are some images from Marfa, along with some conceptual photographs of the new drive-in movie theater the Ballroom is currently funding.
If you have any opinions on this, we love to read them! Stay tuned for more.
We made some new additions to the ongoing series by Gray Malin, ”Up and Away.” The series is a continuing project where Gray uses Mylar balloons in different locations around the world. The unique and humorous collection now has prints available from South Africa, Niagara Falls, the Amalfi Coast and Chicago. You can shop the new work by visiting the Gray Malin online store. We hope you all enjoy!