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Title

Plate pole prop

1969
1983

Artist

Richard Serra

United States of America

02 Nov 1939 -

  • Details

    Dates
    1969
    1983
    Media category
    Sculpture
    Materials used
    hot rolled steel
    Dimensions
    240.0 x 240.0 x 100.0 cm installed :

    a - plate, 240 x 240 x 2 cm

    b - pole, 20 cm, diam.

    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Credit
    Purchased with funds provided by the Art Gallery of New South Wales Foundation and the Ruth Komon Bequest in memory of Rudy Komon 2011
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    340.2011.a-b
    Copyright
    © Richard Serra. ARS/Licensed by Copyright Agency

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  • About

    Richard Serra is a New York Minimalist who emerged in the late 1960s and 1970s. Typical of that movement he uses industrial materials in simple unmodified modules as does Carl Andre. Contrary to the commonly held view that Minimalism is without emotion or feeling it is the physical properties of the object that affect the viewer. The emotion expressed is not that of the artist but that of the viewer encountering the object. The sheer massiveness of the steel that leans heavily against the wall makes us doubly conscious of the effects of gravity. The work incorporates the wall and the floor as essential components heightening the experience of fundamental vertical and horizontal planes and of their interaction with gravity.

  • Audio

    Plate, pole, prop - Richard Serra 2:37

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 3 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 4 publications