Post #563 • June 22, 2005, 9:35 AM • 63 Comments
Let's come right out with it: on the basis of his installation of one old and seven new rolled steel sculptures at the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, we can call Richard Serra not only the best sculptor alive, but the only great one at work anywhere in the early 21st century.
I've never heard Hughes effuse praise like this. Even more unusually, he agrees with Michael Kimmelman, who went gaga over the same works two weeks ago.
The installation is one of the great works of the past half-century, the culmination of a remarkable fruition in Mr. Serra's career. It rejuvenates and pushes abstraction to a fresh level. And it is deeply humane, not least because it counts on individual perception, individual discovery.
With this possibly unprecedented agreement and Peter Schjeldahl taking a shine to the work of Ralph Provisero, I got to thinking...