(Sublime) Artifice & Artifact (Richard Serra)


This too is relevant to the philosophy of religion, 4 recent works by Richard Serra (2015) at Gagosian on W. 24th Street. Expecting something vertical, the horizontal position of the massive middle figure, Silence (For John Cage),  came as something of surprise when you enter the room. For all that, the sense of sublime depends upon artifice and artifact. The “wonder” and tacit sense of tactile pleasure elicited by the Serra brand of “minimalist” sculpture is automatic.

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Zachary Braiterman is Professor of Religion in the Department of Religion at Syracuse University. His specialization is modern Jewish thought and philosophical aesthetics. http://religion.syr.edu
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