Art: Going For Mass Appeal

An abandoned factory becomes a harmonious home for a broad array of contemporary works

Part of Joseph Beuys' Lightning with Stag in Its Glare is an 1,800-lb. structure that is suspended from the ceiling and just kisses the floor. Artist Lawrence Weiner chooses words, the color of the paint and the way the text should be painted on the wall, and has the gallery do the work. Ronald Kuivila's Visitations is an audiotape of interviews, songs and the noises of a former factory. Robert Rauschenberg's 1/4 Mile or 2 Furlong Piece is a work in progress that currently has 195 parts--some visual, some aural--and measures nearly 1,000 ft. in length. Let's leave aside discussion of...

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