DIA: Beacon

We went to Dia: Beacon yesterday. It was great. I don’t know that much about contemporary art and don’t know much about how to look at minimalist art in particular, but the experience was sublime, moving, and fun. 280,000 square feet of art in a former box factory, full of natural light.


The big hit was this piece by John Chamberlain—a Hoosier it turns out, and a new discovery to us. The piece is enormous and very bright and an amazing combination of randomness and precision.

And then, in searching for more information, I found this link to the Chinati Foundation in Marfa, Texas. Odd. We found Beacon because it was featured in the Times real estate section this fall—a great essay about this Hudson River town’s revival. Now, it turns out that many of the same artists are represented in Marfa—a town about which we read avidly in a recent article in the Times real estate section—my new source for taking baby steps into the art world.