According to a survey conducted by Vanity Fair early December, Richard Serra is one of the six greatest living artists. The question was asked to top artists, academics, and curators.


You might have encountered the American minimalist’s monumental sculptures in London at Broadgate or in Paris during the Monumenta in 2008 if not elsewhere during one of his numerous international exhibitions.


One can therefore assume that the artist’s influence is significant and I witnessed the assimilation of his aesthetics recently. On Saturday December 21st, I went to see Carmen at the Royal Opera House. Francesca Zambello’s production is spellbinding. The warmth and passion owed to the performances and to my mind to the decor. The terracotta decor seemed to be owing to Richard Serra while giving the impression of being set in a 19th century Andalusian village.

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A wild night to be remembered!

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