Richard Serra

 

Richard Serra
Rifts
April 6-May 25

The Richard Serra exhibition currently on display at the Gagosian is the first of his i had seen that is exclusively drawing. Previously when thinking of Serra’s work I had focused on the looming and architectural quality of his sculptures, this exhibition offered a different side of his work while communicating the same emotions and ideas.

The Gagosian’s white wall gallery is the ideal backdrop for Serra’s large scale drawings, each of which display a flat black mass broken up by the negative space of thin white triangles similar to that left by paper when dropped haphazardly. The overall effect of these minimalist pieces are a manipulation of space that brings forth a tension and awareness comparable to the overwhelming nature of his steel sculptures. Aside from the name, these works have little to read into, leaving the viewers immediate reaction to be the strongest. As a result Serra’s Rifts are a pure expression of balance and an undeniable sense of presence.

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