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Richard Serra
Master of the tectonic nature of sculpture
Susan Cross + Tracey Bashkoff, December 31, 2007
Richard Serra_Sculpture: Forty Years
_New York_USA
Richard Serra_Sculpture: Forty Years
_New York_USA
 
Finding that these early works maintained too much of a traditional pictorial figure-ground relationship with the ground or wall, Serra began to move in a different direction in 1969. With his now-iconic One-Ton Prop (House of Cards) , which consists of four lead plates kept vertical by the force of their own weight as they lean against one another, Serra began to focus on the tectonic nature of sculpture. As with the process works, the nature of its construction remained visible. In a series of prop pieces, Serra made manifest the principles of balance and gravity and their elemental role in sculptural production. Given both the pliable nature of lead and its great weight, however, these works are charged with tension; the apparent instability of the elements produce a conflict between a fear of the collapse of the piece and comprehension of the laws of physics.

Richard Serra_Sculpture: Forty Years
_New York_USA
Richard Serra_Sculpture: Forty Years
_New York_USA
 
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