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Dia:Beacon

BIG IS THE ONLY WORD FOR IT.

The big new space for big newish art that the Dia Art Foundation will open this May in Beacon, New York, should be a very big deal. Dia:Beacon’s impeccably renovated industrial building, designed by Robert Irwin and OpenOffice architects, makes 240,000 square feet of gallery space available to Dia’s curators to arrange their seldom-seen trove of oversize installations and comprehensive series. This embarrassment of elbow room has been tailored to the biggest works of Dia’s big collection of big-impact artists, including Dan Flavin, Joseph Beuys, On Kawara, Hanne Darboven, Agnes Martin, Robert Ryman, Michael Heizer, Fred Sandback, and, of course, Richard Serra. And that’s just the ground floor; there’s an attic for Louise Bourgeois and a moody half-basement that will be given over entirely to temporary shows. If just that space were opening, it would have been

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