Richard Serra

Weight and Measure

1993

Medium
Etching on paper
Dimensions
Image: 1710 x 795 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by the artist 1994
Reference
P20144

Display caption

This print is closely related to an installation made by Richard Serra at the Tate Gallery in 1992. Entitled 'Weight and Measure', the work consisted of two blocks of forged steel which were placed in the two central sculpture halls. Serra said, 'The tension of the piece is based on its difference in elevation ... The two forged blocks set up a visual field where the entire space becomes a manifestation of sculpture'. This print, made from two etching plates, explores similar concerns. Like the sculpture, the two massive forms differ slightly in size, while their relationship to each other, and to the edges of the paper, makes the surrounding area a positive element in the composition.

Gallery label, September 2004