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Two to catch: Richard Serra at Gagosian and Auto Italia

Free this weekend? Soak up the current shows at these two excellent galleries

RICHARD SERRA Backdoor Pipeline, 2010. Weatherproof steel 149 5/8 x 598 1/2 x 153 1/2 inches (380 x 1520 x 390 cm) Photo by Mike Bruce
RICHARD SERRA, Backdoor Pipeline, 2010. Weatherproof steel. Photo by Mike Bruce

One of a “chain” of twelve worldwide galleries, the underrated Britannia Street Gagosian is all hard lines and white light.

And, after a visit last Friday lunchtime, we highly recommend the atmospheric new show by New York-based Richard Serra, which displays four awe-inspiring steel sculptures. Most powerful is the eerie Backdoor Pipeline (pictured), fun – not to mention a little unsettling – to scuttle through.

RICHARD SERRA Ramble, 2014 Weatherproof steel 24 plates: 72 x 471 x 378 inches overall (182.9 x 1196 x 960 cm) Photo by Mike Bruce
RICHARD SERRA, Ramble, 2014, Weatherproof steel. Photo by Mike Bruce
Born in San Francisco in 1938, Serra studied both at the University of California and Yale, and has lived in the Big Apple for nearly half a century.

His work has been shown in numerous solo museum exhibitions from Amsterdam to Centre Pompidou, Paris and the Museum of Modern Art, New York. In 2005, eight large-scale works were permanently installed at Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao.


So don’t miss him right here in King’s Cross. Until Feb 28 2015. Opening hours Tue–Sat 10-6pm.
6 Britannia Street WC1X 9JD

Also: don’t miss a visit to Auto Italia

AutoitaliaA ten minute walk up York Way from the Gagosian is this artist-run organisation and charity. Beginning seven years ago in Peckham, the team always operate out of donated spaces and moved to King’s Cross last year.

Their current show is POLYMYTH x Miss Information, which brings together a range of creative practitioners to explore our “technologically accelerated” time.

And afterwards, just nearby is the Skip Garden Cafe, a lovely spot for a coffee just seconds from York Way. Until 16th November. Opening hours: Wed-Sun – 12-6 pm. 3 York Way N1

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