At its 21st Street location, the Gagosian Gallery is filled up completely by this single new piece by Richard Serra.
It shows the artist’s familiar style of undulating steel plates, like the permanent collection at the Guggenheim in Bilbao and Dia:Beacon in New York.
The curves of the plates allow them to stand freely. The first approach is to walk around it. The impact is of massive substance.
Like in all his monumental work, Serra is inviting the visitor to enter his sculptures. Two narrow corridors between two plates lead to three circular inner chambers. The changing angles of the walls seem to play tricks with one’s balance. The passageways alternately open up towards the sky or narrow down to a cavernous trap.
Walking around and through this sculpture, it feels like a never-ending journey, a loop of light and shadow. The continuum of Richard Serra’s exploration of space.
INSIDE OUT – Richard Serra at the Gagosian Gallery
522 West 21st Street, New York City, through January 25, 2014