Gagosian Gallery presents a solo exhibition by Richard Serra that spans their West 24th st Gallery and West 21st Gallery with a selection of massive installations and a few smaller works. While visiting both galleries today, taking my time to deal with the constant picture taking by the hordes of viewers, I was able to find a few private moments hidden within the crevasses of his cold massive minimalist raw metal sculptures which transformed them into warm breathing objects, like having Northern California inside a cement bunker. Take your time with this one, forget the Instagram post or checking in on Facebook…no one cares and you will miss the whole point.
Born in San Francisco in 1938, Richard Serra is one of the most significant artists of his generation. His groundbreaking sculpture explores the exchange between artwork, site, and viewer. His bodies of work in sculpture and drawing have been celebrated with retrospectives at the Museum of Modern Art twenty years apart: “Richard Serra/Sculpture,” (1986) and “Richard Serra Sculpture Forty Years,” (2007). Other major recent exhibitions include “Richard Serra Drawings: Work Comes Out of Work”, Kunsthaus Bregenz (2008); “Richard Serra Drawings: A Retrospective,” Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (2010, traveled to San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Menil Collection, Houston in 2012).
At the West 24th Street gallery:
7 Plates, 6 Angles, 2013
Grief and Reason (for Walter), 2013
Counterweight 1 and Counterweight 2, 2013
At the West 21st Street gallery, a single work made of curved plates:
Inside Out, 2013
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