This is Richard Serra’s Twain (1974-82) in downtown Saint Louis. Along with Serra’s Shift (1970-72) and Pulitzer Piece (1970), Twain is part of a key Serra trinity, three of the most important post-war sculptures.
Two of the three works — Shift, in King City, Ontario, and Twain — are perpetually underloved and under-cared-for. Today on Modern Art Notes, I write about a new book and how it helps excavate the story behind Twain in a way that should make clearer the relationships amongst this important Serra trinity.
Meanwhile, on the second segment of this week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast, I spoke with art historian Miwon Kwon about Shift, Twain and their relationship to each other and to Pulitzer Piece. To download the program to your PC/mobile device or to listen in your browser, click here. Subscribe to The Modern Art Notes Podcast via iTunes, SoundCloud or RSS.