Richard Serra

Bernier-Eliades Gallery | Athens

Richard Serra’s exhibition offered a rare opportunity for the Athenian audience to see this forceful sculptor in action. Adhering to his notion of site, this show was specifically choreographed in relation to the gallery space, a shallow, horizontal U shape. While reading as a unified space in the mind’s eye, the U does have three distinct sections, which Serra brought to the spectator’s attention; the locus and works were inseparable and the three sculptures defined the properties of the gallery’s shape, low ceiling, and two structural column/beam supports. The inclusion of three works in this context could be interpreted as an obvious and simplistic choice, but on closer examination it became clear that each work defined a different concept and articulated the space differently.

The works were of the “propped-up” kind first seen in Serra’s House of Cards, 1965. Counter-Clockwise Pentagon

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