Fernando Pessoa, by Richard Serra, 2007
He says the connection is tangential: he was reading the book while making the piece, and cautions that ‘one should not read too much into my titles’. (In the past he has dedicated work to Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton, the German filmmaker Rainer Werner Fassbinder and the art critic David Sylvester.)
The Pessoa piece is powerful; it brings to mind foundries and shipyards as well as the Berlin Wall and the Israeli-built security fence that snakes though Palestine. You can see why it might cause consternation to those who prefer art to be in some way uplifting.
via the guardian