ArtBeat: Dia:Beacon [Get Visual]
By David Brickman
If you’ve never been to Dia:Beacon, and you like modern art, then add it to your list.
I took advantage of November’s first major holiday to dash down to Beacon in time to see a major installation by Robert Irwin that was slated to close on November 26 (sorry, folks!), and to stroll around the grounds both inside and out that Irwin had a hand in designing.
While this experience was worth the trip, so is everything else about Dia:Beacon – no need to be discouraged by the Irwin ending, there’s still plenty there to revel in whenever you go. Now 15 years old, the vast museum created from a former Nabisco box factory presents unique opportunities to see some of the 20th century’s greatest monumental works of art. In the words of the Dia website, “each gallery was designed specifically for the presentation of one artist’s work. Examples include Dan Flavin’s series of fluorescent light “monuments to V. Tatlin”; Joseph Beuys’ mixed-media installations such as Fond III/3 (1979) and Fond IV/4 (1979); Richard Serra’s Torqued Ellipses (2007); and Michael Heizer’s North, East, South, West(1967/2002).”