In the News: Richard Serra will roll out a lot of steel this fall

The Times, calling Duane Street resident Richard Serra the “best-known living sculptor in America,” has a long profile by Deborah Solomon on the occasion of Serra’s three upcoming exhibitions: two gallery shows at Gagosian in Chelsea and on the Upper East Side and the unveiling of a piece at MoMA called “Equal.” “A room-sized assembly of eight, 40-ton forged-steel blocks that together weigh more than a Boeing 777, will occupy its own gallery in the new David Geffen Wing when the museum reopens on October 21.”

Forging of two rounds for a Serra sculpture, Buderus Edelstahl, Wetzlar, Germany, March 2019
Photo: Silke von Berswordt. Courtesy the artist and Gagosian. 


At Gagosian, opening on Sept. 17 and running through Feb. 1: “Four new works from Serra’s Rounds series will fill the entire West 24th Street gallery. Each forged-steel sculpture is composed of multiple 50-ton elements of differing diameters and heights. Bisecting the West 21st Street gallery space will be Reverse Curve (2005), a sculpture measuring 99 feet long and 13 feet high. Originally conceived in 2005 for a public project in Reggio Emilia, Italy, Reverse Curve is finally being realized for the first time.” At the 980 Madison gallery, a series of new diptych and triptych drawings will be on view from Sept. 16 to Nov. 2. In addition, the Anthology Film Archives will present a three-day retrospective of Serra’s films and videos from October 17 through 23, with panel discussions after some of the events.