The new Eli Broad Building, dedicated to contemporary art, had one floor that I could have easily skipped – Joseph Beuys and Jeff Koons do very little for me. But on the ground floor was the best art in the whole place: two spectacular Richard Serra steel ellipse works, each much larger than any Serra I’d ever seen. If you’re not familiar with this family of works, they’re made out of massive steel plates about 12 feet tall, bent into curvy forms that stand on end and “fence in” areas and corridors that you can walk around and through.
One piece (Band) is shaped generally like an S, but with extra curves so that there are three “rooms” on each side. The other (Sequence) is shaped like a double-walled S, with the two walls forming an S-shaped corridor that you can walk through. If this guy’s name had been Richard Werra there would probably be lots of straight lines and points instead of curves in his work.
In the Korean art section I was intrigued by two large fiber pieces, both by contemporary artists.