Dia:Beacon

My aunt and uncle took me to Dia:Beacon – a large art museum dedicated to show large installations. The museum houses Dia Art Foundation’s renowned collection of art from the 1960s to the present. The museum, which occupies a former Nabisco printing factory, features installations of works by some of the most significant artists of the last half century, as well as special exhibitions, new commissions, and public and education programs.

What makes this art museum special is that the works on exhibition are not restricted by space. The museum was especially constructed in an old factory for this purpose: to show works that occupy large spaces and to dedicate multiple galleries to the work of a single artist. Natural daylight is the only source of light in this large space, therefore the museum hours differ from winter to summer.

Me interacting with a Fred Sandback installation

It was great so see large collections of work of artists I’ve read about. The following exhibitions were my personal highlights:

Sol LeWitt’s ‘Drawing Series’ which shows the artist’s designs drawn directly onto the gallery’s walls – http://www.diacenter.org/exhibitions/main/3

Louis Bourgeois’ sculptures (Her strange sculptures referencing the human form served as inspiration for my latest body of work. Was amazing to see it in the flesh) – http://www.diacenter.org/exhibitions/main/78

Michael Heizer’s large and imposing ‘negative sculpture’ – http://www.diacenter.org/exhibitions/main/83

Richard Serra’s incredible metal spiral sculptures that invites the viewer to be engulfed in it – http://www.diacenter.org/exhibitions/main/96

Dan Flavin’s florescent light artworks. It’s simply cool – http://www.diacenter.org/exhibitions/main/82

My aunt and I in the courtyard listening to Louis Lawler's 'Bird Calls'

Sol LeWitt's ultra cool wall drawing

My uncle among John Chamberlain sculptures

Micheal Heizer's huge installation 'North, East, South, West'. A scary artwork.

Read more about Dia:Beacon here: http://www.diacenter.org/sites/main/beacon

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