Hyperallergic – A hand darkened with soot struggles to grab falling lead ingots in Richard Serra’s three-minute film “Catching Lead” (1969). Sometimes the hand is victorious in capturing the commodity, but often the hand snaps shut, only grasping air. Many authors have suggested the film is about the limits of the artist’s intentions. Understanding art production today, or of the last three years, requires getting a handle on art as a commodity among the complex market of other commodities ­— from steel to lumber, microchips to acrylics. – read more 

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