Richard Serra

Weight and Measure


Not on display

Richard Serra born 1938
Etching on paper
Image: 1710 × 795 mm
Presented by the artist 1994

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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

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