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Desert X installation view of Sterling Ruby's "SPECTER" 2019. (Lance Gerber/Courtesy of Desert X)
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Desert X installation view of Sterling Ruby's "SPECTER" 2019. (Lance Gerber/Courtesy of Desert X)
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John Gerrard's "Western Flag," 2019, at Desert X. (Lance Gerber, courtesy Desert X)
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Desert X installation view of Cara Romero's "Jackrabbit, Cottontail & Spirits of the Desert," 2019. (Lance Gerber/Courtesy of Desert X)
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Desert X installation view of Cara Romero's "Jackrabbit, Cottontail & Spirits of the Desert," 2019. (Lance Gerber/Courtesy of Desert X)
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Desert X installation view of Cara Romero's "Jackrabbit, Cottontail & Spirits of the Desert," 2019. (Lance Gerber/Courtesy of Desert X)
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Desert X installation view of Cara Romero's "Jackrabbit, Cottontail & Spirits of the Desert," 2019. (Lance Gerber/Courtesy of Desert X)
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Desert X installation view of Eric N. Mack "Halter" 2019. (Lance Gerber/Courtesy of Desert X)
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Desert X installation view of Eric N. Mack "Halter" 2019. (Lance Gerber/Courtesy of Desert X)
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Desert X installation view of Cecilia Bengolea "Mosquito Net" 2019. (Lance Gerber/Courtesy of Desert X)
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Press Mary Kelly "Peace is the Only Shelter," 2019, at Desert X. (Lance Gerber, courtesy Desert X)
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Press Mary Kelly "Peace is the Only Shelter," 2019, at Desert X. (Lance Gerber, courtesy Desert X)

The second iteration of Desert X has arrived. Launched in 2017, the biennial invites artists to create site-specific work for the Coachella Valley. This year, 18 artists took part, including Sterling Ruby, Eric N. Mack, John Gerrard, and Cara Romero.

Desert X is no standard biennial. Instead of having pieces all together in a visitor-friendly location, the exhibition is spread out over the vast desert — 55 miles of it, to be precise — with three pieces actually crossing the US-Mexico border.

Desert X is on view now in the Coachella Valley, California until April 21. Browse select artworks from the exhibition above and head here for more information.

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