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Richard Serra’s Torqued Torus Inversion (2006) at the Museum of Modern Art
Photo by Plemeljr, Flickr
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HYPING SERRA
by Donald Kuspit


"Titan of sculpture," we’re told, comparable to -- no, greater than -- Michelangelo. Mentored by Jasper Johns, implying a "Greek hero-and-mentor myth," goes the story, suggesting the passing of the baton of avant-garde greatness from the older to the younger generation. (Serra is now 67; thus the truth of Adorno’s wry view of the avant-garde as "aging youth.") Installing the works for the current Museum of Modern Art exhibition, he "looked a bit like a druid" in his "heavy olive-green coat with a hood pulled down over his head," implying that he’s a high priest in the mystery religion of abstract art.

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