Photo Paige Silveria
There is something soulfully rewarding about viewing modern art out of an urban context. Whether sculptures built into the hills of Japan’s Naoshima or Jeff Koons invading Versailles, viewing the austerity of modern art in an unexpected setting somehow just works in a fancy tickling sense. Artist communities and moves upstate are becoming increasingly common as Manhattan and Brooklyn realty continue to boom, and with the picturesque surrounds, it’s not hard to gauge why. Set in the rolling tranquility of the Dutchess County, Beacon is a former mill town and now art haven. Passing by the Hudson en route up, it’s an unforgettable journey. Presently on show, Carl Andre’s show at DIA is like a giant game of Tetris that mirrors the geometry of the incredible former Nabisco box-factory perfectly. Text and Photo Kate Atkinson
"Cellblock is organized into parts I and II. The first section is a spare hanging of works, setting up a series of similarities and differences in relation to the cellblock theme, while the second fleshes out this theme by presenting a far greater range of cellblock types, illuminated with diagrams, with the full knowledge that any such showing can only be representative, never inclusive."
Cellblock I and II features work by artists such as Robert Motherwell, Robert Smithson, Kelley Wlaker, Peter Halley, Bruce Nauman, Vito Acconci, Jean Genet and Donald Judd. On view through February 2nd, 2013 at Andrea Rosen Gallery, 525 and 544 west 24th street, New York. Text by Robert Hobbs, the curator, photo Alexis Dahan