New York

Richard Serra

Castelli Warehouse

Stepping into sculpture as if no one were home, Richard Serra continues to systematically lay claim to the entire estate. Sawing, the first piece one sees upon entering the exhibition, comes off as a bulky scatter piece, vaguely indebted to the dedifferentiation pieces of Barry Le Va and Robert Morris. A few minutes of looking reveal the work to be in no sense a scatter piece and in no way concerned with the esthetics of the de-differentiated field. Instead, the piece reveals itself to be concerned with the problem of combining different materials in the same work in some sort of convincing manner (i.e. not a fur-lined teacup or any of its variations). The solution was to unify the various materials by subjecting them to the same process, in this case sawing. As becomes increasingly plain from simply looking at the piece, lengths of wooden beam, marble slab, steel plate and lead pole were

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