Post image for Contemplating Perfection and Imperfection at Dia:Beacon

A visit last weekend to Dia:Beacon, the vast repository of Minimalist art on the east bank of the Hudson River, brought home once more the complexities and contradictions of a movement whose goal was to be as plain as the nose on your face.

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Post image for Seeing Glass Boxes and Shards at Dia:Beacon

At Dia:Beacon there is an installation by Fred Sandback, a series of giant shapes formed from brightly colored string.

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Post image for Crying for Ana Mendieta at the Carl Andre Retrospective

I didn’t think I would be able to cry on command.

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Post image for The Problematic Elegance of Carl Andre

BEACON, NY — Carl Andre’s 50-year, career-spanning retrospective at Dia:Beacon is coming down this weekend. If you think that Modernism is god, that its spawn, Minimalism, is the lord, and that Andre is her messenger, you’d best catch the show before it’s gone.

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Post image for Skewering the Egos of Male Artists at Dia:Beacon

Of the 25 artists whose work is currently on view at Dia:Beacon, four of them are women. (And one of those women is half of a husband-and-wife team.) The open, spacious museum just up the river from New York City is beautiful, staid, and a bit, well, male. Even a fantastic three-room installation of wry Louise Bourgeois sculptures can’t undercut the machismo you get from wandering through a hall full of John Chamberlain pieces (crushed steel), while knowing that under your feet there’s another hall full of Richard Serras (sculpted steel). The male pieces just loom so large — they take up an enormous amount of space, both physically and emotionally.

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Post image for [Sponsor] Dia Art Foundation presents Opus + One, a new exhibition by Jean-Luc Moulène, Opening December 17, 2011

Dia Art Foundation presents Opus + One, the first comprehensive museum exhibition in North America devoted to the work of Paris-based artist Jean-Luc Moulène.

Commissioned by Dia, Opus + One will comprise objects and images created over the past two decades and will be on view at Dia:Beacon, Riggio Galleries, in New York’s Hudson Valley for one year.

Organized by Dia curator Yasmil Raymond in collaboration with the artist, the exhibition will be accompanied by a new work commissioned for the Dan Flavin Art Institute, in Bridgehampton, NY, and a major publication.

A public reception for Jean-Luc Moulène will be held at Dia:Beacon on Saturday, December 17, 2011, from 2–4 pm.

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Art Rx: From New York to Miami

by Liza Eliano on December 1, 2011

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Hyperallergic is in Miami this week soaking up the sun and the art fairs, but we’ve still got the remedy for those sick with the art bug back in New York. This week’s Art Rx takes you outside Manhattan to the Bronx, Brooklyn, Long Island City and even Beacon, New York. You’ll be itching to jump on mass transit to workshop with musician Maya Azucan at the Bronx Museum of Art, view posters created by Iraq War Veterans and the Justseeds printmaking collaborative in Brooklyn or slip into a fabric sleeping bag in Franz Erhad Walther’s solo show at Dia:Beacon. For those who’ve escaped to Miami, we’ve also included a few events to wash down your extra-strength pill of art fairs.

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Post image for [Sponsor] Dia:Beacon & CSS Bard present Blinky Palermo: Retrospective 1964 – 1977

Organized by Dia Art Foundation and the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College (CSS Bard), and curated by Lynne Cooke, Blinky Palermo: Restrospective 1964-1977 introduces American audiences to the influential German artist Blinky Palermo (1943-1977).

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Post image for [Sponsor] Dia:Beacon Presents Robert Whitman’s Passport

This Saturday, April 16 and Sunday, April 17 at 8pm, Dia Art Foundation will present multimedia and theater artist Robert Whitman’s Passport project at Dia:Beacon in Beacon, New York and at the Alexander Kasser Theater in Montclair, New Jersey. This ambitious new work combines non-narrative, imagistic theater with live performance, video projections and sound installations in an artist-created environment.

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