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Richard Serra

Gagosian Gallery

No two considerations have influenced—even literally determined—Richard Serra's sculptural career as much as the sheer physical exigencies of material weight and spatial measurement. In the face of the six forged—steel solids (weighing in at over 222 tons) that constitute his recent 58 x 64 x 70, 1996, viewers were unlikely to forget the former imposition; the simple facticity of the work's title would undoubtedly remind them of the latter.

Each of the six nearly cubic blocks (as the title indicated, length, height, and width differed by only six inches) was literally identical, suggesting a serial logic informed Serra's work. Serra, however, has never been particularly fond of that Minimalist tactic. Instead, he deployed these six solids in such a way that if a structural logic were at work, it would have to be called the logic of permutation. Dividing the six units into two syncopated

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