No photograph can capture its form. This resistance to the translations of criticism and photography has been De Maria’s point all along: that we engage physically and mentally with the presence of art and its ensuing complexity. “No matter how pure I try to be, something always enters in, a streak of non-purity,” De Maria said in 1968. “It’s at that point where warm meets cold, action meets inaction, that’s what interests me. And what goes on in people’s minds.” - from the LACMA blog.
i’ve been obsessed with de Maria’s work since my first trip to the Lightening Field over twelve years ago. blinding symmetry and beauty. this is my favorite work next to his temple in the NM desert. hands down. the Piazzo designed pavilion at LACMA is a perfect home for it.