Richard Serra at Gagosian, Chelsea
Richard Serra Sculptures In Chelsea
Richard Serra at Gagosian, Chelsea: if you’ve never seen his massive, extraordinary sculptures in person, well… you’re in for a treat. Serra’s new exhibition at the 21st Street Gagosian Gallery brings together two large-scale works, Blind Spot and Open Ended, pieces almost playfully similar in form but, as always with Richard Serra’s sculptures, with a surprise or two as you delve deeper into the work. Taken as whole (though, of course, because of their size and design, you can never actually see the “whole”), the steel sculptures are not only aesthetically amazing–even beautiful–but are also engineering marvels, and likely to be one the most visceral art-viewing experiences you’ll ever have.
Don’t believe us? Try NOT swaying slightly from side to side in tune with the undulating passages as you walk through Serra’s enormous, interconnected spirals… or leaning backward as you approach the inverted walls of one of the immense cocoons within the interior. You can taste the metal from the steel sculpture in the air; you can smell it and feel its deep chill and unimaginable weight in your chest. You can get seriously disorientated in Richard Serra’s sculptures, even lost (well… we did, anyway), and yet it seems more comforting than dangerous, thanks in part to the stunning suppleness of these giga-ton works.
Richard Serra Sculptures at Gagosian, Chelsea, details:
Blind Spot and Open Ended are each made from six humongous weatherproof steel plates, and will be on display until December 23. Gagosian Gallery is located at 522 West 21st Street, between 10th and 11th Avenues, and is open from Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. For more information, please see the Gagosian Gallery Chelsea website, here.
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