Cult Rooms: Donald Judd’s LibraryCorralled in the Chihuahuan Desert, Donald Judd’s library has its own ecosystem.

Cult Rooms: Donald Judd’s LibraryCorralled in the Chihuahuan Desert, Donald Judd’s library has its own ecosystem.

The artist Donald Judd had admirers so passionate that, following his death in 1994, they created bumper stickers and T-shirts emblazoned with “WWDJD”—an acronym for “What would Donald Judd do?”

Perhaps a better question would have been, “What would Donald Judd read?” Unbeknownst to many, Judd was an avid bibliophile. His passion for books culminated in a library in the west Texas town of Marfa, an unlikely destination that has since become a hotbed for the arts as a result of Judd’s influence and work.

Judd first visited Marfa as a soldier in December 1946 and the landscape captivated him so much that he sent a telegram to his mother about it. Before he settled there 26 years later, in 1972, Judd had become an influential member of the New York art world, both as a c...

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