Rick Rubin Could Have Burned Down Donald Judd’s Former House, a Conceptual Artwork Thief Hits Miami, and Extra Juicy Artwork World Gossip

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It actually holds up that generally, reality is stranger than fiction. Just a few months in the past, information broke {that a} house in Marfa, Texas that used to belong to seminal minimalist sculptor Donald Judd had been destroyed in hearth, decreasing it to a pile of rubble (nobody was harm). In line with property data, Judd, who is understood for making the small West Texan city an art-world vacation spot, purchased the home in 1990. And in response to Moist Paint’s sources on the town, the proprietor when it was set ablaze was none aside from… Rick Rubin

Yeah, co-founder of Def Jam Data and ostensibly probably the most prolific producer in American music historical past Rick Rubin. That Rick Rubin.

Simply let that sink in. 

The city’s native paper, The Large Bend Sentinel, reported on the time {that a} household of three was in the home when the fireplace occurred, however didn’t identify names (Rubin is married to the actress/mannequin Mourielle Hurtado Herrera, and the couple had their first youngster in 2017). A neighborhood sheriff who was on the scene, Danny Dominguez, instructed the paper that he discovered a person struggling to breathe on the home’s second-floor: “He stated, ‘I’m okay.’ I stated, ‘No, you’re not.’” 

In line with a supply based mostly in Marfa, the home has now been utterly leveled, and Rubin plans to rebuild on the plot. The Judd Basis declined to remark, and Rubin couldn’t be reached immediately by the point of publishing.


In a earlier Moist Paint, I made the joke that my ears perk up at any time when I hear about an artwork heist. And it’s true, the Thomas Crown narrative will at all times be a seductive one to me. Nonetheless, it brings me completely no satisfaction when a bit of artwork is stolen earlier than it may be cherished, consumed, or in any other case skilled. Sadly, this occurred this previous week in Miami to conceptual artist Jillian Mayer

It’s humorous as a result of it crosses the road of storage theft, artwork theft, and grand theft auto,” she instructed me over the cellphone, earlier than clarifying that it’s not likely ha-ha humorous, however more-so ironic. Mayer had been working for the previous 4 years on a bit titled Low Res, which was a type of gesamtkunstwerk created in a revamped trailer. “While you open the trailer, you’re thrown into this immersive, summary tiny house that takes cues from survivalist and prepper tradition that I’ve been researching,” she stated. 

Mayer funded the piece by way of native grants, and estimates that not less than $20,000 value of supplies had been put into it. After its debut, the piece was going to function as a type of mini-residency program. It was snatched from the place it was parked in Islamorada, which is subsequent to Key Largo and about an hour and a half outdoors of Miami. 

The inside of Jillian Mayer’s Low Res.

“The police assume this was an expert heist,” she defined. There was a hitch lock on the trailer, which the perps one way or the other bought round, after which stole a license plate from a close-by automobile in order to not entice consideration after they drove off.

Many artwork automobiles are simply recognizable (I don’t assume you’d get very far in a stolen Kenny Scharf-mobile), however sadly, Mayer had stored the outside of the van nondescript, with the sculptural ingredient left to the within of the trailer, the place she had put in a kiln, customized ceramic home equipment, a solar-panel system, and vivid painted partitions. 

Because it stands, the artist is providing a reward for locating the piece, which she was attributable to unveil throughout Artwork Basel Miami Seaside in December. Mayer surmised, “Hopefully it comes again. I ponder in the event that they stole it understanding what was inside, or was that only a very bizarre shock.” 


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Moist Paint is happening a two-week trip beginning subsequent week, so that you gained’t be listening to from me for a minute. That doesn’t imply I gained’t nonetheless have my ear to the bottom, so don’t neglect to ship me all of your juiciest tricks to [email protected]. I’ll see you all in London. 

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