Playboy Marfa comes to Dallas


The controversial sculpture known as Playboy Marfa is now on display in Dallas, Texas.  It was dismantled in November, 2013 after Playboy Enterprises gave up on their efforts to keep Playboy Marfa on display at the edge of US 90 just outside Marfa, Texas, a small town 500 miles to the southwest of Dallas.  The neon Playboy sculpture was erected in June, 2013 and almost immediately began generating complaints from some local residents who objected to what they described as illegal advertising.  The Texas Department of Transportation took up the complaint and gave Playboy Enterprises 45 days to remove the sculpture.  Playboy Marfa has now been installed outside the Dallas Contemporary Museum in the Design District of the city of Dallas.  It will be on display through August 24th, 2014.  Playboy Marfa is part of a solo exhibition for it’s creator, Richard Phillips a New York contemporary artist  The always free Dallas Contemporary is a non collectible museum so the sculpture will be moved at the end of the exhibition to an as yet unknown destination.  Another work of art called Prada Marfa, a permanently sealed Prada store has been standing 35 miles northwest of Marfa, Texas in the town of Valentine since 2005.  It has also been classified by the Texas Department of Transportation is illegal advertising.  Prada Marfa’s fate is unknown at this time.

Dallas Contemporary  161 Glass St.  Dallas, Texas 75207  214-821-2522

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