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Dan Flavin at Marfa

ON OCTOBER 7 AND 8, the art faithful (some 1,000 in all) will converge on a tiny town in West Texas. Their Mecca? The annual Chinati Foundation Open House. When Donald Judd pitched camp in an abandoned army fort in Marfa back in '82, it seemed as if he had gone out of his way to pinpoint the middle of nowhere. But ever since the foundation opened its doors to the public four years later, the art savvy (and social) have flocked to the remote location—at least for the annual Open House. Indeed, this year's festivities, which mark the official debut of a major work by Dan Flavin (designed by the artist shortly before his death in 1996 and installed posthumously), boast an especially fluorescent guest list. With heavy hitters like architect Richard Gluckman, Tate director Nicholas Serota, and Stedelijk Museum director Rudi Fuchs due to attend, next month's convergence may well be remembered

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