I know, I know: I've been talking way too much about Dia:Beacon. But it was such a singularly surreal experience wandering through such vast and eerily quiet spaces that seemed so endless—a sort of hushed, cathedral-like awe, punctuated by impressive large-scale installations by contemporary masters.
Sol LeWitt's early Drawing Series has been in the Dia's collection since 2003, and was selected by the artist himself for display. Rendered in graphite and primary colored pencils, the careful geometric patterns are made up of curves and dashes, slightly wobbly lines, grids, topographic waves, and ruler-straight rays emanating from central points—all according to a set of precepts for drawing determined in the artist's texts, Paragraphs on "Conceptual Art" (1967) and "Sentences on Conceptual Art" (1969). Notes from these texts are interspersed in the space.
The result? The walls become the papers of a mathematically-inclined giant; huge architectural or engineering schematics for spaces and structures never realized.
Sighh. Let's all go back. Like now.