Minimalism at Dia Beacon

Dia Beacon is an independent contemporary art museum resting between the quaint town of Beacon, NY and the banks of the Hudson River. This former Nabisco factory is now filled with everything minimal and conceptual art thanks to the Dia Art Foundation! The museum has an open layout allowing visitors to effortlessly float through the various galleries. Incredibly, the interiors are lit only by natural sunlight. At only an hour and half drive away from New York City, Dia Beacon is certainly an easy trip out of the city and into the 1960s…

John Chamberlain

Chamberlain is famous for taking scraps of metal from automobiles and welding them into giant sculptures. His colorful abstractions lined a bright hallway at the Dia Beacon:

John Chamberlain, Dia Beacon

John Chamberlain, Dia Beacon

John Chamberlain, Dia Beacon

Walter De Maria

The mirrored works of De Maria spanned quite a long depth. I took this photo and mere minutes later, was scolded by a guard, who informed me De Maria was not a fan of photography, and thus the work should not be photographed:

Walter De Maria, Dia Beacon

Dan Flavin

Flavin’s focus on light as medium for art, and color as medium for emotional representation were well represented in the galleries:

Dan Flavin, Dia Beacon

Dan Flavin, Dia Beacon

Dan Flavin, Dia Beacon

Dan Flavin, Dia Beacon

Dan Flavin, Dia Beacon

Dan Flavin, Dia Beacon

Dan Flavin, Dia Beacon

Michael Heizer

Heizer’s fascination with the Earth was apparent in his works at the Dia Beacon. Various holes were carved in the floor, as if the artist was intentionally invading the Earth’s depths. Another work displayed a majestic grey rock in a perfectly carved box frame in the wall:

Michael Heizer, Dia Beacon

Michael Heizer, Dia Beacon

Gerhard Richter

In a style of work I had not previously seen, Richter’s enormous, reflective grey panels hung on the interior gallery walls:

Gerhard Richter, Dia Beacon

Gerhard Richter, Dia Beacon

Agnès Martin

Perhaps one of the few artists to successfully integrate color and minimalism into her work, Martin’s cotton-candy canvases were lit by skylight at the Dia Beacon:

Agnès Martin, Dia Beacon

Richard Serra

Serra’s seminal work plays a large role in the collection. The circular structures I recognized from my visit to Glenstone, and they didn’t appear any less grand in the interior space:

Richard Serra, Dia Beacon

Richard Serra, Dia Beacon

Richard Serra, Dia Beacon

Richard Serra, Dia Beacon

Lawrence Weiner

Weiner’s text-based conceptual artwork instructed viewers on how to place slabs:

Lawrence Weiner, Dia Beacon

Louise Bourgeois

Upstairs is the Bourgeois gallery, and the crown jewel of the collection. Crouching Spider peers around the corner of the space, its legs gently brushing the walls, as if ready to engulf the visitor in its grasp:

Louise Bourgeois, Dia Beacon

Louise Bourgeois, Dia Beacon

The outside air was crisp during my early spring day visit…

Outside Dia Beacon

Dia Beacon Entrance

Dia:Beacon
3 Beekman Street
Beacon, NY 12508
USA

Seasonal hours, open most weekends from 11-4pm at least

March 22, 2016

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I’m an American photographer and writer based in Paris after living in New York for 7 years and then and spending a year and a half traveling. My work has been featured by the Paris and Nice Tourism Offices, Art Basel, and Refinery 29. Culture Passport is a place to share my travels and experiences in new places, with a focus on cultural attractions.

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