Saturday, April 13, 2013

Where to go for a feast of Modern Art

Any of you out there art fanatics like me? If so, today I am telling you about two eye-opening art galleries that "house"(you'll see why I quotation mark this soon) many modern art must-sees. I just went to visit both of them yesterday on a school art trip and thought the experience is worth sharing.

So the first art gallery is called Dia: Beacon (one of the two Dia Art Foundation galleries; the other one is in Chelsea, NY). It's located in Beacon, NY. 
(source: Dia: Beacon)
The art gallery is converted from a disused Nabisco saltine factory, so the entire gallery has this retro-cool, bare feeling, with broad ceiling and wide open spaces. The walls are mostly painted white, or left  in red bricks. There are strips of frosted windows mounted to the ceiling, filling the whole gallery with natural sunlight, giving the artworks the most natural lighting. One window on the wall had some parts frosted and some parts not, so the sky peeked in occasionally, forming a very curious pattern to the viewer's eye. (Unfortunately photography is not allowed inside the gallery, so I didn't get to take any).

The gallery houses some pretty famous pieces: Minimalist pioneer Judd's plywood boxes, Robert Smithson (the very one who made the Spiral Jetty!)'s Atlantis, and and and, drumroll please! Richard Serra's Torqued Ellipses!
(Judd's piece; source: Google)
(Smithson: Spiral Jetty, Salt Lake City; source: Google)

(Smithson: Atlantis; source: Google)

(Serra: Torqued Ellipse; source: Google)
My favorite of all, if I had to choose, is Serra's Torqued Ellipse. The whole structure is very impressive, almost intimidating, from the outside. All you see is massive hunks of metal, taking up the entire hall, almost seeming to expand to fill up the whole space. However, each massive "hunk" turns out to have an entrance, from where you can walk in between the metal "walls" and go all the way to the center of the "hunk." As you walk in, you feel almost claustrophobic, the curious curves of the wall constantly changing, making you wonder if the wall will suddenly close in on you. And just when you can't take it anymore, the space opens up all of a sudden, exposing you to the wide, oval center of the structure. In there the ceiling is just this one oval shape, the walls high and cold. My friends and I lied down on the floor and just kind of chilled. It must be amazing to play acoustic guitar or something inside, the echo must sound SO GOOD.

On an irrelevant note: Dia: Beacon has an awesome cafe. Please do check it out. Their panini of the day is delicious.

Now, on to the second must-see: Storm King Art Center.
You ask me, why is this place a must-see? What's so special about it? Lemme show you:
(source: Google)
It's outdoors, and absolutely breathtaking. Although the day I went it was pretty chilly and I was severely underdressed and freezing my rear end off. 
Modernist and Postmodernist sculptures and artworks are weaved into the landscape, forming either a stark contrasts or melodious harmonies with the nature. There is a tram that you could take to travel around the art center on, but walking around can also prove to be a rather adventurous experience.

The photos above are taken on--yes, on--Maya Lin (the artist who designed the Vietnam War Veteran Memorial in DC)'s Wavefield.
(source: Google)
Isn't this just so very extremely impressive? It was absolutely spectacular.

Other well-known pieces include Goldsworthy's piece:
(source: blogger)
and (Pop artist) Litchenstein's Mermaid:

 And at last: some other pictures I took :) Enjoy. And do visit these two places! They will NOT disappoint.

just me :P

Vanessa :]


  1. okay this is gorgeous! i wish we had stuff like that out here...

    1. we should go next time when you come to new york!! :D