Hetzler Marfa, a new exhibition space and artist residency, opens doors to public for the first time this Thursday

Albert Oehlen, Sculptures and Works on Paper, Hetzler Marfa, 2022, © Albert Oehlen / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2022, Photo: def image

MARFA — Hetzler Marfa, a newly-built exhibition space and artist residency on Antelope Hills Road, will open this Thursday as the first American outpost of gallerist Max Hetzler’s arts spaces, the other three of which are located in London, Berlin and Paris.

The inaugural show will feature an exhibition of new sculptures and six works in ink, graphite and collage on paper by German painter Albert Oehlen. The artist has been exhibiting regularly at Galerie Max Hetzler since 1981, but has not worked in the medium of sculpture since the ‘80s. 

Oehlen’s sculptures, which are placed both on pedestals and on the floor, are made of wood, metal, plaster, papier-mâché and fabric. The works “have the look of hybrid creatures — somewhere between bodies and trees,” Hetzler Marfa wrote in a press release. 

The show will be on view from May 26 until October 30 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday through Sunday, and by appointment. Hetzler Marfa will close for the entire month of August. The remote arts compound is located at 1976 Antelope Hills Road, off the beaten path with expansive views of the Davis Mountains. A sculpture by Darren Almond titled Inflection Point, the grounds’ first permanent installation, welcomes visitors to the property. 

Inflection Point, a sculpture by Darren Almond, welcomes visitors to the Hetzler Marfa property, a newly-built exhibition space and artist residency, which opens to the public this week in Marfa and features an installation by artist Albert Oehlen.

The space has been under construction for years and was delayed due to building and travel complications related to the COVID-19 pandemic, said Liz Serlenga, director of Hetzler Marfa. 

In addition to the art viewing space, which will host one exhibition a year, the site will also act as an artist residency, hosting one artist at a time. The exact format and frequency of the exhibitions and artists in residence is subject to change as the new space takes shape, said Serlenga. 

“It’s an inspiring place for artists to work and live. We want to give that opportunity to our gallery artists and make it easy for them to come to Marfa, be inspired by the landscape and by the history of the town,” said Serlenga. 

Adjacent to the white, chapel-like exhibition space, a home complete with a bedroom, kitchen, bathroom and artist’s studio is available on the property for visiting artists to live and work. Serlenga said she hopes Hetzler Marfa will welcome their first artist-in-residence very soon. Other than the artist residency, additional programming has not yet been announced.

“We’re very excited to be opening. We’re really thrilled to have [Oehlen’s] show there and we are looking forward to welcoming people and to seeing what happens with the spaces as the programming continues,” said Serlenga. 

Hetzler primarily represents internationally-recognized, well-established artists, including Ai Wei Wei, Jeff Koons, Richard Prince and Bridget Riley, as well as artists with Marfa connections, including Jeff Elrod and Christopher Wool. However, a handful of younger and emerging artists have relationships with the gallery too. As Marfa has come to be known as an international arts destination, Hetzler was drawn to establish a permanent space in the town through existing relationships with area artists, said Serlenga. 

“Marfa has a little bit of a mystique to it, it’s a little magical and it’s a special place, and I think that wasn’t lost on [Hetzler],” said Serlenga. “He wanted to have a place here to give other artists that work within the gallery the opportunity to come and show and work here.”

For more information or to contact Hetzler Marfa, email [email protected] or call 432-729-7272