An ARTINFO Interview by Andrew M. Goldstein
Immediately upon entering the Gagosian gallery on 24th Street, one feels the presence of the two sculptures mutely weighing down the space with hundreds of tons of weatherproofed, rust-colored, and oddly soft-to-the-touch steel. Titled “Cycle” and “Junction,” the two newest sculptures byRichard Serra are also freighted with the artist’s customary hard thinking — towering high above the heads of visitors, the works recall his famed “Torqued Elipses” series but advance their formal lexicon in powerful, if subtle, ways. At the same time they provide the same type of pleasures, allowing those walking through their winding, disorienting corridors to experience something like the thrills and chills of a roller coaster ride mixed with a sense of exotic grandeur, like the sand-blasted Siq that leads to Jordan’s ancient city of Petra.
The new works at Gagosian are also vintage Serra in a way recognizable to people thrown for a loop by his recent “Drawings” retrospective at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which is now moving to SFMOMA on October 15. Following up an in-depth conversation about that body of work, ARTINFO spoke to the artist about his new sculptures, the differences between art and architecture, and the artist who is impressing him today.
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