Dia Art Foundation

Set up in 1974, the Dia Art Foundation is one of the most influential modern and contemporary art institutions worldwide. The name choice name of the foundation, “Dia”, is a Greek word that means “through,” to symbolize the institutions’ role as a path through which artistic projects get recognized on a global scale.

The founders of Dia, Philippa de Menil and Heiner Friedrich, envisioned a museum without boundaries that would cater to the needs of artists that had ruled the trade in the 1960s and 1970s. Dia operates as a nonprofit organization with a mandate to initiate, support, showcase and preserve artworks.

Michael Heizer – North, East, South, West, 1967/2002, installation view, Dia Art Foundation

Michael Heizer’s negative sculpture – North East South West

Who is Michael Heizer? Michael Heizer was born in California in the year 1944. He is a renowned sculptor and environmental artist. Michael draws his early interest in art through the influences of his father’s archeological and grandfather’s geological works that he grew up around. Despite having attended art school shortly, one of his most …

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The story behind Walter de Maria’s impressive Lightning field

The Lightning Field created by sculptor Walter De Maria is today celebrated as one of the 20th century’s most noteworthy installations of land art. As one of the seminal artists and the founding fathers of land art, Walter De Maria completely revolutionized how audiences perceived art, especially during the 1960s, when the land art …

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Walter de Maria - The New-York-Earth-Room-1977 feat

Walter de Maria’s New York Earth Room – What makes it a crowd pleaser?

Who was Walter de Maria? Walter de Maria was one of the most influential artists of the 20th century having participated in four popular movements including installation art, minimalism, land art, and conceptual art. He was an astute artist who drew upon elements of sublime and mathematical absolutes in some of his installations and large-scale …

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