Looking at the Serra show from a painter’s perspective

Blogger Joanne Mattera writes: “The mottled and scratched surface texture, always interesting, reveals itself in daylight to be something more like skin: thick here, thin there, pocked, shiny, flaky, smooth. Or skins, plural: human, animal, mammalian, amphibian. Or planetary: a sandy strand, a lunar crust, a Martian landscape. There are red-orange tracks formed by liquid (rain?), and deep gouges, perhaps wrought in installation. Wherever the treated surface of the metal is rent, there is rust—pits, scars, scabs, craters.” Read more. “Richard Serra Sculpture: Forty Years,” Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY. Through September 10, 2007

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