Art: Let's Supersize It!

Dia's art collection is large. And often monumental. So creating a museum for it was no small matter

At Dia Art Foundation, folks think big. Over the past three decades, the foundation has spent millions of dollars commissioning and maintaining art, some of it having dimensions you associate with the Army Corps of Engineers. In the late 1970s, it was Dia that bought artist Donald Judd a derelict, 340-acre Army post in Marfa, Texas. Judd filled it mostly with his rows of concrete, wood or aluminum boxes, the alpha and omega of Minimalist sculpture. It's Dia that in 1977 paid for and still superintends The Lightning Field by Walter De Maria--400 stainless-steel poles arrayed in a rectangular grid in...

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