Today and tomorrow will be my last articles for the foreseeable future on Dia:Beacon. Not that I won’t be writing about it reasonably soon – oh I will. It’s just that things do keep moving and I need to respect that.
This will come as a big shock to anyone who has read this blog before. The Ryman rooms in my opinion are remarkable. The rooms are just amazing – super active and really quiet all at the same time, in a way very similar to what used to be called ambient music (the Fripp/Eno variety). They have a quiet power that would not surprise you, or anyone familiar with Ryman’s work, but the surprises in the paint and especially the sensitivity of the application of the paint was just phenomenal – almost shocking in it’s sensitivity.
For those of you who think white is just white – take a look at these rooms. Every (white) painting shows a different depth and tone that is just not an accident. These are not a painted with a bunch of Titanium White to make them “cohesive”. They are clearly an expression that has taken it’s time to reflect and absorb what they are doing among each other.