The Dia:Beacon is home to large scale works that dont move very easily, and are housed permantly on the gorgeous facility an hour up the Hudson River, north of Manhattan.
The heat generated by the sun shining through the industrial windows, onto Richard Serra’s Torqued Ellipses, is a warmth like no other. You feel it as you spiral through the interior of these monumental sculptures.
Sol Lewit’s massive geometric arthmetic wall drawings are mesmerizing. Though concieved by Lewit, the works are in fact excuted by his official staff of assistants.
The new temporary exhibition features Zoe Leonard. She covered the length of an entire wall with several thousand vintage postcards of Niagara Falls, dating from the early 1900s to the 1950s, which she assembled from purchases off the internet and e-auction sites. Rendered stereotypical and generic through repletion over decades, these landscape motifs are emblematic of mass culture’s transformation of natural sites into tourist destinations.
She assembled the vista to maintain a natural perspective of the falls. Starting from left to right, the viewer slowly arches around the horseshoe, up the steepest chute and then plateau on the right hand side.
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