Art: Steel-Drivin' Man

Richard Serra's massive new sculptures, as big as houses, create a wholly original spatial drama

Now pushing 60, Richard Serra is the John Henry, the steel-drivin' man, of American sculpture at the century's end. There are a few other sculptors of comparable distinction around--Martin Puryear comes to mind--but in the handling of heavy metal Serra has no peer; there, he is the most original figure since David Smith, who died more than three decades ago. It was Serra, with his ability to involve the human body as a participant in his work--demanding something more from a spectator than the sole act of looking, and yet harshly rewarding the eye as well--who began in the 1960s to...

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