Richard Serra: Forged Steel
Widely regarded as one of the most influential American artists working today, Richard Serra is known in particular for his large steel sculptural forms, which deal primarily with investigations of weight, balance, density, and scale, as well as their effect on the viewer and his/her sense of space. Serras relentless pursuit of these questions over the course of his celebrated career has deepened our understanding of the effects of sculpture on space and perception, and broadened the scope of what we allow the genre to address. Published on the occasion of Serras 2015 exhibition Equal at David Zwirner, New York, this catalogue is the first in-depth overview of the artists works in forged steel. Serra first began using forged steel after encountering a large-scale forge at a steel mill in Germany in 1977. Unlike casting, wherein steel is heated until molten and poured into a mold, forging is the process of changing metals shape while in a solid state, through extreme heat and pressure. Serras first forged sculpture was Berlin Block for Charlie Chaplin (1977), installed outside of the Mies van der Rohedesigned Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin. Since then, he has continued to use this material in different configurations and formats to create works that use forged blocks, rounds, or lintels. Designed by McCall Associates in close collaboration with the artist, Richard Serra: Forged Sculpture presents a survey of Serras forged sculpture since 1977, featuring new scholarship by art historian Richard Shiff and an essay by Serra, along with beautifully illustrated photographs of the forging process. Bringing together over forty detailed plates of forged works, this unique book not only introduces readers to an important aspect of Serras work, but uses these works to return to the eternal questions of weight, balance, and perception in his practice.
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