new-york

Richard Serra

Leo Castelli Gallery / Pace Gallery

Richard Serra’s three new sculptures are no longer merely Minimalist, site-specific objects, articulating the artist’s familiar concern with space, weight, and measure. Nor are his eight new drawings merely a stylization of the sculptures’ expressivity, a literalization of their wall-like quality underscored by the absolute starkness that can come only from the contrast of black and white. Rather, what counts now is their message—the supposed socio-political import—and if we can’t read it, we are told it by an accompanying Serra poster, which states, with imperious declarativeness, such simplicities as “The American Flag is not an object of worship,” “No mandatory patriotism,” and the implicitly self-serving “The United States Government destroys art.” These and similar latently paranoid assertions—sort of antigovernmental commandments, loosely leftist in ideology—are presented as

Sign-in to keep reading

Artforum print subscribers have full access to this article. If you are a subscriber, sign in below.

Not registered for artforum.com? Register here.

SUBSCRIBE NOW for only $50 a year—65% off the newsstand price—and get the print magazine plus full online access to this issue and our archive.*

Order the PRINT EDITION of the November 1989 issue for $17 or the ONLINE EDITION for $5.99.

* This rate applies to U.S. domestic subscriptions.