3 Beekman Street

    Curated by Courtney J. Martin

    After completing a series of hard-edge abstractions that placed him alongside the Washington Color School in the early 1960s, iconic American painter Sam Gilliam experimented with soak-staining his canvases, taking the works off the stretcher, and suspending them from the wall or ceiling. This August, Dia:Beacon will exhibit one of these large-scale works, Carousel II, 1969, which will fill an entire industrial-size gallery. The artist’s Dia debut, organized by Gilliam in collaboration with outgoing chief curator Courtney J. Martin, will also feature a selection of his hard-edge and draped paintings. Though Gilliam has always seen his work as being in dialogue with the likes of Robert Morris and Donald Judd, Dia offers a broad Minimalist and post-Minimalist context for the artist. Viewers are not only in for a delight—they’ll walk away having experienced a long-overdue radical shift in the story of postwar art.