Richard Serra at Dia:Beacon


While in New York last week Irene and I headed to Dia:Beacon in upstate New York. Part of the Dia Art Foundation‘s constellation of sites, which also includes Walter De Maria’s Lightning Field in New Mexico, the museum occupies a former box printing factory for the Nabisco Cookie Company and is situated on the banks of the Hudson River. Dia:Beacon presents Dia’s collection of art from the 1960s to the present day. In keeping with their history of presenting single-artist, site-related presentations, each gallery within the 300,000 square foot space is designed specifically to showcase one artist’s work. Artists represented include Donald Judd, Louise Bourgeois, John Chamberlain, Michael Heizer, On Kawara and Sol LeWitt. My stand out favourites were Dan Flavin’s series of fluorescent light “Monuments to V. Tatlin and Richard Serra’s Torqued Ellipses. What I loved about Dia:Beacon was its monumental scale. By giving each artist a huge space, I was better able to understand and appreciate their work. I also loved the fact that the Dia:Beacon galleries are lit almost entirely by natural light, and so the museum’s opening hours vary depending on the time of year.

Dia:Beacon,3 Beekman Street in Beacon, New York.