What happens if a tree falls in a forest and no one hears it? What happens if a man spends 30 years building an architectural- spiritual monument in the west Texas desert, which few people have seen and probably very few will ever see?

James Magee, whom the art scholar-critic Richard Brettell has called “America’s greatest living unknown artist” (a claim logically impossible to verify), has lived and worked in El Paso, and on his country property more than an hour’s drive to the east, since 1981. Like his work, his life has been, to say the least, unconventional.

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WIllard Spiegelman
Wall Street Journal

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