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.
Curator insights - Contemporary galleries Plate pole prop
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15.3cm wide x 23.4cm high
hot rolled steel
240.0 x 240.0 x 100.0 cm installed :
a - plate; 240 x 240 x 2 cm; diam.
b - pole; 20 cm
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Purchased with funds provided by the Art Gallery of New South Wales Foundation and the Ruth Komon Bequest in memory of Rudy Komon 2011
© Richard Serra. ARS/Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney
Shown in 3 exhibitions
Living, looking, making: sculpture by Giacometti, Fontana, Twombly, Serra, Gagosian Gallery, London, England, 26 Mar 2007–19 May 2007
RSTW, Manarat Al Saadiyat, 22 Sep 2010–24 Jan 2011
Primary structures and speculative forms, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 15 Oct 2016–27 Aug 2017
Referenced in 4 publications
Anthony Bond, Look, 'Rehang of Level 2 June 2012', pg.28-30, Sydney, May 2012, 31.
Anthony Bond, Look, 'We have a Richard Serra', pg.30-31, Sydney, Feb 2012, 30 (colour illus.), 31.
Living, looking, making: sculpture by Giacometti, Fontana, Twombly, Serra, London, 2007, 88 (colour illus.).
Christie’s New York - Post war and Contemporary Art, New York, 14 May 2002, (colour illus.). lot.17