What Tim Button’s Up to This Winter

Art Express: This is a great time of the year to take the train up to Dia Beacon. I love the soft winter light and the trip along the Hudson is beautiful (make sure you sit on the left side of the train going north and the right when returning!).  Don’t miss the Sol LeWitts and the Fred Sandbacks–not to mention the Richard Serras–all long-term installations that take full advantage of Dia Beacon’s immense spaces.

Aerial view, Dia Beacon, Photo by Michael Govan, ©Dia Art Foundation
Aerial view of Dia Beacon, which Tim Button says is an ideal wintertime art destination, especially if you take the train. Photo by Michael Govan

Sol LeWitt, detail from Drawing Series—Composite, Part I–IV, #1–24, B, 1969. ©Sol LeWitt.
A detail from Sol LeWitt’s 1969 Drawing Series, one of the long-term installations that Tim thinks use the vast Dia Beacon spaces to particular advantage.

Richard Serra, Torqued Ellipse II, 1996; Double Torqued Ellipse, 1997. Dia Art Foundation; gift of Louise and Leonard Riggio. 2000, 2000. Dia Art Foundation. Photo Richard Barnes
More of Tim’s favorite installations at Dia Beacon: Richard Serra’s Torqued Ellipse II, 1996, and Double Torqued Ellipse, 1997. Photo by Richard Barnes

Jean-Luc Moulène, Body, Guyancourt, October 2011. Installation view from “Opus + One,” Dia:Beacon, Riggio Galleries. Photo: Bill Jacobson, New York
For the rest of the year, Dia Beacon is presenting “Opus + One,” the first comprehensive North American exhibition of the work of Paris-based artist Jean-Luc Moulène. This installation is called Body, Guyancourt, October 2011. Photo by Bill Jacobson

Book Shelf: Now that 1 WTC is rising above the downtown skyline, I’ve been rereading Paul Goldberger’s Up from Zero: Politics, Architecture, and the Rebuilding of New York, which tells the full, highly complex story of one of the most challenging urban-design projects in New York City’s history.

Up from Zero, Paul Goldberger,

One World Trade Center
A rendering of One World Trade Center, designed by David Childs of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, and set for completion in 2013.

At the Movies: My favorite winter movie so far has been Martin Scorsese’s Hugo, which I loved in 3D. It made me wonder what Scorsese would have done with the Harry Potter series.

Asa Butterfield in Martin Scorsese's Hugo
Asa Butterfield in Hugo, Martin Scorsese’s exhilarating 3D movie about a boy who lives in a Paris train station, based on the book The Invention of Hugo Cabret.