This catalog of a retrospective exhibition at New York City's Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) is a first-rate visual and intellectual survey of Richard Serra's (b. 1939) extensive sculptural career. Chief curator McShine provides a thoughtful and illuminating interview with the artist, and essays by critics Cooke, Benjamin Buchloh, and John Rajchman cover the artist's early work, his ideas about abstraction, and the potent relationships his work has to landscape. The 450 black-and-white illustrations are exceptional, giving some indication of the scale and mass of the works; some color illustrations, however-particularly for the works in landscape environments-would have been valuable. Despite MoMA's early recognition and championing of Serra, this catalog rises above any "official" endorsement to address his art directly. The most thoughtful and visually comprehensive book on the artist-and not quite as heavy as one of his sculptures! Highly recommended for all American art collections.
Jack Perry Brown