One of the most anticipated exhibitions in the art calendar has arrived in London until 17 March. Richard Serra | Black and White is now on at the Alan Cristea Gallery but you can see one of his greatest works as you leave Liverpool Street – The Fulcrum (1987).
As our art curator, Rosie Glenn, explains, “At around 55 feet high, The Fulcrum creates an incredible visual illusion, luring viewers into the belief that the five sheets of self-weathering COR-TEN steel are simply propped against each other. This feat of cutting, propping and stacking material is at the very heart of Serra's oeuvre, emphasizing the process and the materials employed to fabricate his sculptures.
Interaction too plays a key role, with Serra maintaining that his works have no subject of their own, rather that viewers become the subject once they enter the work and interact with it. Therefore, this enclosed sanctuary has three entrances, inviting us to step inside, move around, look up and perhaps indulge in a moment or two of sky gazing.”
More about the man
If you’re not familiar with Serra, he’s one of the most acclaimed global artists working today. He’s celebrated for creating ground-breaking pieces from large sheets of metal, affording fabricated steel the power and density traditionally belonging to bronze and stone.
Born in San Francisco, Serra studied at the University of California (Berkeley and Santa Barbara) between 1957 and 1961, followed by studies at Yale School of Art and Architecture in New Haven from 1961 to 1964. Numerous exhibitions and installations of his work have been held internationally including a major touring Retrospective Exhibition of his sculpture staged at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art and touring throughout America.
Richard Serra | Black and White is on until 17 March
Image courtesy of Alan Cristea Gallery by Jack Hems