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Writings/Interviews
Richard Serra
0226748804
Aug 1994
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Through writings and interviews, Serra chronicles not only his evolution as an artist but also touches on some of the responses inspired by the large site-specific urban sculptures for which he is best known. Like his method of sandbox construction where scale models are constantly adjusted in situ , the reader gets a sense of the visions and revisions in his writing. With workman-like logic, Serra addresses the structuralist concerns of his installations and sculpture. But with its cadent listing of the qualities of mass, his prose becomes almost poetical in the piece titled "Weight." Serra is at his pugilistic best when he attacks postmodernist architecture as "signature architecture" and in "An Opinionated Museum Goer," when he criticizes the tyranny of the well-lit white cubes of those architects who define...


Mark Seliger: In My Stairwell
Mark Seliger (Photographer)
0847827607
October 2005
Hardcover
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From Booklist
Ah, the beautiful people! Their faces and circumstances change, individually and historically, but they seem always to be with us.Today's beautiful people are performers, not aristocrats and plutocrats. They exist to be seen, and, incapable of relaxing, they are always "on." Because few are classically good-looking, they are best photographed elaborately prepared, artificially lit, and in severely controlled settings. Seliger obliges them almost completely. He shoots every one of them in the skylighted elevator shaft--"three brick walls and a crown of sun"--he uncovered when renovating his studio in Manhattan's downtown. The first two subjects are those shar-peis of rock, Jagger and Richards, guaranteeing that beauty in any normative, let alone ideal, sense is banished immediately. Each subject is expressively posed and...


Richard Serra
Hal Foster
0262561301
Sept 2000
Paperback
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From Library Journal
A sculptor friend glancing through my review copy said "This is not for the layman." Perhaps this first volume of a new paperback series to be called "October Files" (after the art criticism journal October, from whence come many of its essays) could best be described as serious writing about serious art. Lay readers are certainly not excluded from reading serious art criticism, but this book is not intended as an introduction to or overview of the work of Richard Serra, the prominent metal sculptor. Instead, six essays, accompanied by photographs drawn from October and various exhibition catalogs, discuss various aspects of the artist's filmmaking, lead casting, sculpture siting, and philosophy. By turning an intensive gaze on particular segments of the artist's total oeuvre, the reader can proceed to a larger...


The Destruction of Tilted ARC
Clara Weyergraf-Serra
0262730898
Dec 1990
Paperback
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From Independent Publisher
In the spring of 1989, sculptor Richard Serra's most ambitious and perhaps most important public work, TiltedArc, was destroyed by the General Service Administration - the same federal agency that originally commissioned and installed the piece eight years earlier. 7-be Destruction of Tilted Arc: Documents recounts through primary materials - including government memos, legal briefs, letters, interviews, and public statements - one of the most significant events in the visual arts in the 1980s. In 1979, upon a National Endowment for the Arts recommendation, Serra was commissioned by the GSA to conceive a sculpture for Federal Plaza in New York City. In 1980, prior to its installation, the concept for TiltedArc was approved by the GSA with the understanding that the work would be site-specific. Plans for the...


Richard Serra
Richard Serra
0944521355
Feb 1998
Paperback
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Richard Serra
Richard Serra
1879886537
Jan 2004
Hardcover
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Book Description
Richard Serra began making prints in 1972. Since then, his continued investigations into printmaking have produced an innovative body of work that is as large as it is varied. While Serra's prints explore the perceptual possibilities suggested by his sculptural work, they are not merely illustrative, but rather autonomous works of art that constantly push the medium to its limits. Conveying a sense of weight, instability, and potential motion, Serra's graphic works possess a physical presence that provokes reactions similar to those experienced in the presence of his sculptures. Rounding out the publication's visuals, two essayists explore the many ramifications of presence in Serra's work. Edited by Joseph N. Newland.~Essays by Allison N. Kemmerer and Richard H. Axsom. ~Introduction by Adam D. Weinberg. Hardcover,...


Te Tuhirangi Contour
Dirk Reinartz
3865210147
Jan 2004
Hardcover
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Book Description
Located on the Kaipara harbor in New Zealand, 30 miles north of Auckland, Te Tuhirangi Contour is one of Richard Serra's latest site-specific works. The site is a vast open grass pasture with rolling elevations and curvilinear contours. The sculpture, made of hundreds of tons of steel, is located on one continuous contour, at a length of 843 feet. The particular contour was chosen for its location, differentiation, contraction and expansion in relation to the total volume of the landscape, and the elevation of the sculpture is perpendicular to the fall of the land, which generates its lean of 11 degrees. The work was first mocked-up full scale in wood to determine height and length. Serra's monumental sculpture is documented here in Dirk Reinartz's elegant black-and-white photography. Clothbound, 9.5 x 8.5 in. / 76 pgs...


Richard Serra
Richard Serra
3865210899
Feb 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
Famed for his works of physicality compounded by breathtaking size and weight, Richard Serra is one of the artists at the forefront of contemporary sculpture. He has exhibited extensively throughout the world and has created numerous permanent site-specific sculptures in public and private venues. This book accompanies Serra's sculpture project Dirk's Pod, one of the artist's major site-specific works realised in the last few years, and conceived for the Novartis Campus in Basel/Switzerland. Serra dedicated this sculpture to his friend of many years, the photographer Dirk Reinartz who died in Spring 2004. Reinartz had documented the entire production process of the sculptural elements in a series of magnificent photographs included in this book. Installation photographs and views of the finished sculpture were made by...


Tilted ARC Controversy: Dangerous Precedent
Harriet F. Senie
0816637865
December 2001
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Book Description
Since its installation at and subsequent removal from New York City's Federal Plaza, noted sculptor Richard Serra's Tilted Arc has been a touchstone for debates over the role of public art. Installed in 1981, the 10-foot-high, 120-foot-long curved wall of Cor-Ten self-rusting steel instantly became a magnet for criticism. Art critics in the New York Times and the Village Voice labeled it the city's worst public sculpture, and many denounced it as an example of the elitism associated with art and as an obstacle to the use and enjoyment of the plaza. Harriet F. Senie explores the history of Tilted Arc, including its 1979 commission and the heated public hearings that eventually led to its removal in 1989 (it was dismantled and is currently stored in a government warehouse in Maryland). Analyzing the archive of popular...


The Matter of Time
Richard Serra
3865211372
Aug 2005
Hardcover
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From Library Journal
A sculptor friend glancing through my review copy said "This is not for the layman." Perhaps this first volume of a new paperback series to be called "October Files" (after the art criticism journal October, from whence come many of its essays) could best be described as serious writing about serious art. Lay readers are certainly not excluded from reading serious art criticism, but this book is not intended as an introduction to or overview of the work of Richard Serra, the prominent metal sculptor. Instead, six essays, accompanied by photographs drawn from October and various exhibition catalogs, discuss various aspects of the artist's filmmaking, lead casting, sculpture siting, and philosophy. By turning an intensive gaze on particular segments of the artist's total oeuvre, the reader can proceed to a larger...


Richard Serra
Hal Foster
3882436336
Jan 2002
Hardcover
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Book Description
"Torqued Spirals, Toruses and Spheres" announces Richard Serra's recent experimentations with new sculptural shapes and forms. His single- and double-torqued ellipses, with their endlessly spiraling interior corridors, give the impression that your body is its own rollercoaster, but one that runs not up and down but round and round. Spheroid and toroid shapes, completely new to Serra's sculptural vocabulary, lock together to create his first sculpture with an inaccessible interior volume. Photographed by Dirk Reinartz and with an essay by critic Hal Foster, this publication is essential for anyone interested in the progression of Serra's oeuvre. Essay by Hal Foster. 9.5 x 11.75 in. 43 duotone illustrations

About the Author
Richard Serra was born in San Francisco in 1939. While...


Parkett
Katharina Grosse
3907582349
Sept 2005
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Book Description
For 20 years, Parkett has presented unparalleled explorations and discussions of important international contemporary artists by esteemed writers and critics. These investigations continue in issue #73, which features collaborations by Paul McCarthy, Ellen Gallagher, and Anri Sala. McCarthy's probing 1970s performances led us through a portal of LA-based experimental art-making, and brought us face-to-face with our most animalistic urges and repulsions. Get behind McCarthy's post-pop masquerade and try to unpack the origins of his skewed and spewed sensibility. Also featured are Gallagher's meditative, collaged canvases. With her tiny toy eyeballs, hilarious Mammy-styled lips, and Plasticine Afros the artist confronts sobering race relations in her work. Sala, an Albanian-born artist, has risen to international fame...


Public Art
Florian Matzner (Editor)
3775791485
May 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
Now in Paperback~Everyone is an artist....I am really convinced that humankind will not survive without having realized the social body, the social order, into an artwork. --Joseph Beuys~Few topics in the visual arts in recent years have created such controversy as the debate surrounding the significance and potential of public art. In this massive book, over 50 authors take a critical look at the theme; the result is a fascinating compendium of opinions and statements, experiences and reports. The wide-ranging material by curators, art historians and artists--including Vito Acconci, Daniel Buren, Dan Graham, Hans Haacke, Jenny Holzer, Rebecca Horn, Ilya Kabakov, Kasper Konig, Joseph Kosuth, Richard Serra, Harald Szeemann, Lawrence Weiner and many more--is divided into sections entitled "Art and the City," "Art and...

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