Sunday, October 18, 2009

Richard Serra's crew

"Philip Glass had quit his plumbing job to become Serra's paid studio assistant. The painter Chuck Close, Serra's Yale classmate, the musician Steve Reich, the writer Rudy Wurlitzer, the actor Spalding Gray, and two or three others could be counted on to help assemble heavier pieces..."
Holy Cow, what a crew! Imagine if one of Serra's heavier pieces had collapsed on them.
(Another Serra piece did actually crush someone to death.)

The quote is from a Calvin Tomkins profile on Richard Serra, collected in the book, Lives of the Artists, by Tomkins. One thing that really stands out in the profiles of Jasper Johns, Richard Serra, Julian Schnabel, and Damien Hurst, among others, is how staggeringly wealthy some artists become.