Donald Judd, 100 untitled works in mill aluminum, 1982-1986. Permanent collection, The Chinati Foundation, Marfa, Texas. Photo by Sarah Vasquez. Donald Judd Art © 2023 Judd Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

A Note from Tracey Emin

Dear Friend of Chinati,

At art college, hardcore minimalism sort of slipped by me. It wasn’t a part of my arts education.

When I first visited Marfa and the Chinati Foundation in 2018, the sense of art and community was astounding. I loved the balance between the architecture, the desert, and the artworks. It was overwhelmingly generous. It made me feel like, if you have a big idea, you can do it. Anybody who has the opportunity to go there, should. It will change your perception of life, forever.

Visiting Chinati was one of the most amazing art experiences I’ve ever had. Seeing art in that context was extraordinary. It made me completely reevaluate the way I think about art.

I encourage you to support the Chinati Foundation. Because art is good for the world that we live in.


Tracey Emin

In 1986, Donald Judd opened The Chinati Foundation/La Fundación Chinati to the public as an artist-centered foundation—a site where artists could permanently install work according to their own intentions. Today, Chinati’s mission is to care for its collection and present it to a broad public; to build community and support artists through public programs, artist residencies, educational activities, and exhibitions; and to steward the architecture and the land as integral parts of Chinati.

Sustaining these ambitious ideas requires your support. Please consider making a gift to The Chinati Foundation Annual Fund today.

Chinati is grateful to Tracey Emin for sharing the Foundation’s impact on her life and work.