The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles has just opened a major survey of land art titled “Ends of the Earth.” One of the works featured in the show — and on MOCA’s “Ends of the Earth” website — is Richard Serra’s landmark Shift (1970-72, above).
Sited outside Toronto in southern Ontario, Shift is one of the most important earthworks of the 20th century. It’s also one of the most endangered: The rural landscape in which Serra built Shift has become an exurban landscape. A developer wants to build a subdivision.
Earlier this year Serra was a guest on an episode of The Modern Art Notes Podcast. Serra and I talked at length about Shift, how he conceived the piece, how he made it, and what he hopes is its future. Click here to download the program to your PC/mobile device. Subscribe to The MAN Podcast on iTunes. And click here to see images of artworks Serra and I discussed.
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