New York

Richard Serra

Gagosian Gallery (21)

Richard Serra is definitely on a roll—of warped, two-inch-thick weatherproof steel. In his recent New York exhibition, the reigning king of the monumental offered elaborations on his “Torqued Ellipses,” the massive gyrelike shapes, alternately melancholy, soothing, and triumphal, that graced the Dia Center for the Arts in Chelsea in 1997. The new work attracted enormous crowds, who patiently waited to enter the disorienting passages of the two giant spirals as though in line at a theme park. Hard to believe that the sculptor of Tilted Arc would prove so wildly popular. But Serra, by persistently addressing the foundational, has always been ahead of his time.

Walls lean woozily one way, then another, as you penetrate the space of Sylvester and Bellamy (all works 2001), spirals named after two recently departed art-world heavyweights. There's no vantage from which to stop and ponder:

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