All publications are available at www.diabooks.org and the Bookshop at Dia:Beacon

Jun 21, 2010

New York, NY― Dia Art Foundation is pleased to announce its recent and forthcoming publications. Implemented in 1987, Dia’s publications program is a crucial component of the institution’s in-depth commitment to the work of individual artists. Focusing on a singular work in the collection or conceived in parallel to an exhibition in close collaboration with the artist, Dia’s publications seek to foster critical and intellectual dialogue around a range of multidisciplinary topics inspired by its collection, exhibitions, and programs. These books are edited by Lynne Cooke and Karen Kelly, with Barbara Schröder.


On Saturday, June 26, 2010, at 3pm Dia will host a book launch and closing celebration for Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster’s exhibition chronotopes & dioramas. Eduardo Lago, novelist and director of the Cervantes Institute, will present a talk titled “I would prefer not to,” in which he will address the continuing multifaceted exchange and collaboration between Spanish novelist Enrique Vila-Matas and Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster. Copies of Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster: chronotopes & dioramas will be available for purchase at the event.


Blinky Palermo: To the People of New York City
Shortly before his death in 1977, German painter Blinky Palermo created his most significant cycle of paintings, dedicating it “to the people of New York City.” Currently on view at Dia:Beacon, the work, which is in Dia’s collection, consists of 15 parts, composed from 40 painted aluminum panels arranged in combinations of cadmium red, cadmium yellow, and black. Recalling Piet Mondrian’s late series New York City (1941–42) and works by such American artists as Robert Ryman and Brice Marden, To the People of New York City (1976) is distinguished by its prescribed hanging and pacing and its rhythmically changing formats. Dia’s publication is an anthology of essays that address To the People of New York City in relation to works by Palermo’s German friends and colleagues including Joseph Beuys, Imi Knoebel, and Gerhard Richter. Essays also consider the American context in which the artist lived and worked from 1973 to 1976. This hardcover publication includes an introduction and essay by Lynne Cooke, as well as texts by Pia Gottschaller, Jaleh Mansoor, Christine Mehring, David Reed, Anne Rorimer, Dieter Schwarz, and Bernhart Schwenk, and an interview with Joseph Beuys by Laszlo Glozer. Published by Dia Art Foundation and Richter Verlag, Düsseldorf. Distributed by D.A.P.

Max Neuhaus: Times Square, Time Piece Beacon
In 1977, Max Neuhaus turned a triangle of pedestrian space between 45th and 46th Streets in New York City’s Times Square into an island of harmonic sound. The rich textures of that sound, emanating from beneath a sidewalk grating, continues today. Known as Times Square, this celebrated work was originally installed from 1977–1992, and in 2002 was restored with support from Dia Art Foundation. In 2005, Dia commissioned a site-specific piece from the artist for Dia:Beacon. Time Piece Beacon creates a zone of subtle sound around the museum’s perimeter and in the galleries. As each hour approaches, a low tone gradually emerges, almost imperceptibly increasing in volume; the hour is signaled by the sound’s sudden cessation. Taking these two projects as a point of departure, Dia’s publication, conceived in close collaboration with the artist before his death in 2009, includes essays by Lynne Cooke, Christoph Cox, Branden W. Joseph, Liz Kotz, and Alex Potts, as well as a conversation between Neuhaus’s long-time friends Peter Pakesch and Ulrich Loock. Dia will celebrate the artist’s life and work with a presentation of his work through a concert and films on Sunday, October 31, 2010, at Dia:Beacon. Published by Dia Art Foundation. Distributed by Yale University Press, New Haven and London 2009.

Robert Lehman Lectures on Contemporary Art #4
In 1992 the Robert Lehman Lectures on Contemporary Art series was founded with a generous grant from the Robert Lehman Foundation, Inc., to foster discussion of the exhibitions at Dia’s former space in Chelsea. Lectures by writers and scholars from a variety of disciplines analyze the artworks within the context of the artist’s oeuvre and in relation to contemporary cultural issues. The fourth volume in the series includes texts by Dirk Snauwaert on Panamarenko, Richard Shiff on Bridget Riley, Colin Gardner on Diana Thater, Dave Hickey on Alfred Jensen, Jan Avgikos on Roni Horn, Miwon Kwon on Jorge Pardo, Rosalind Krauss on Bruce Nauman, and Alexander Alberro on Gilberto Zorio. Published by Dia Art Foundation. Distributed by D.A.P.


Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster: chronotopes & dioramas
Commissioned by Dia and currently on view through June 27, 2010, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster’s exhibition chronotopes & dioramas offers an annex to the renowned research library at the Hispanic Society of America. Gonzalez-Foerster expands and updates that historic collection with a range of twentieth-century literature by some forty authors, whose books are arranged by reference to their place of origin in one of three dioramas evoking distinct geographical regions: the desert, the tropics, and the North Atlantic. This companion volume to Dia’s commission at the Hispanic Society includes a photo “atlas” by Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster; new writing by the celebrated Spanish novelist Enrique Vila-Matas; an essay by exhibition curator Lynne Cooke with parallel commentary by Gonzalez-Foerster; and writings by editor and author Bradford Morrow, who addresses the narratives and fictions embedded in each of the dioramas. Published by Dia Art Foundation. Distributed by D.A.P. Available in June 2010.

A Book Launch and Closing Celebration will be held on Saturday, June 26, 2010, at 3pm, and will include a talk by Eduardo Lago, novelist and director of the Cervantes Institute.

Zoe Leonard: You see I am here after all
Zoe Leonard’s commission for Dia:Beacon, You see I am here after all (2008), on view through September 2010, consists of several thousand vintage postcards of Niagara Falls, dating from the early 1900s to the 1950s. Rendered stereotypical and generic through repetition over decades, these landscape motifs are emblematic of mass culture’s transformation of natural sites into tourist destinations. This publication will include essays expanding on several thematic aspects of Leonard’s project by Dia curator at large Lynne Cooke, art historians Ann Reynolds and Angela Miller, and poet-critic Lytle Shaw. The publication will also include source visual and written materials ranging from the first Western account of Niagara by Louis Hennepin from the seventeenth century to later impressions of Niagara by nineteenth-century writers Frances Trollope, Charles Dickens, Harriet Beecher Stowe, H.G. Wells, and others. A text piece by Leonard based on postcard inscriptions reveals much about early 20th-century social agendas and customs. Published by Dia Art Foundation. Distributed by Yale University Press, New Haven and London. Available in October 2010.

Blinky Palermo: Retrospective 1964–1977
In October 2010, Dia Art Foundation and the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College (CCS Bard) will inaugurate the first comprehensive North American retrospective of the work of German artist Blinky Palermo (1943–1977). The retrospective will be accompanied by a full-color publication, which will continue Dia’s tradition of rigorous scholarship, with original essays by exhibition curator Lynne Cooke, as well as art historians Benjamin H. D. Buchloh, Suzanne Hudson, Susanne Küper, and James Lawrence. The publication will also include a preface by Dia director Philippe Vergne and CCS Bard director Tom Eccles and will contain 150 full color photographs of some of the principal works in the show. The Retrospective will tour to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (October 31, 2010–January 16, 2011); Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (February 24–May 15, 2011); then concurrently at Dia:Beacon and CCS Bard (June 25–October 31, 2011). Published by Dia Art Foundation and Yale University Press, New Haven and London. Available in October 2010 at www.diabooks.org as well as at all venues on the retrospective tour.

A nonprofit institution founded in 1974, Dia Art Foundation is internationally renowned for initiating, supporting, presenting, and preserving art projects. Dia presents public and education programs, exhibitions, and its collection of works from the 1960s through the present at Dia:Beacon, Riggio Galleries. Dia introduces commissions and projects by contemporary artists and parallel education programs at The Hispanic Society of America. This collaboration provides an interim venue for Dia’s New York City based programs while it develops a new site for these initiatives in Manhattan. Additionally, Dia maintains long-term, site-specific projects in the western United States, New York City, and Bridgehampton, Long Island. For additional public information, visit www.diaart.org.

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