The train ride from Grand Central Station along the Hudson River is lush and beautiful. The town’s signage seems to focus on directing visitors to the Dia Art Museum, which is set in 240,000 square feet of converted warehouse space (a former box-printing facility) illuminated by natural light. With its distressed wood floors, high ceilings, and white walls, it is the perfect setting for the lexicon of Minimalism with a few Earth artists (Smithson, Heizer) and Conceptual artists (Nauman, Weiner) thrown into the mix. And then, there are the odd inclusions: Louise Bourgeois (what a treat to finally see her Spider); Andy Warhol (an odd selection); Gerhard Richter. Note: in this exhibition of twenty-four artists, there were only four women (Bourgeois, Hilla Becher (along with Bernd), Hanne Darboven, and Agnes Martin), and only a few West Coast artists. The experience of the beautiful space and work was exciting, but the demographics were, well, hmmmm.

- Terri Cohn [Thursday, August 12th, 2004]


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