Richard Serra

Overview

Richard Serra is considered by many to be the most important sculptor of the postwar period. The essays in this volume cover the complete span of Serra's work to date -- from his first experiments with materials and processes through his early films and site works to his current series of "torqued ellipses." There is a special emphasis on those moments when Serra extended aesthetic convention and/or challenged political authority, as in the famous struggle with the General ...

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Overview

Richard Serra is considered by many to be the most important sculptor of the postwar period. The essays in this volume cover the complete span of Serra's work to date -- from his first experiments with materials and processes through his early films and site works to his current series of "torqued ellipses." There is a special emphasis on those moments when Serra extended aesthetic convention and/or challenged political authority, as in the famous struggle with the General Services
Administration over the site-specific piece Tilted Arc.October Files October Files is a new series of inexpensive paperback books. Each book will address a body of work by an artist of the postwar period who has altered our understanding of art in significant ways and prompted a critical literature that is sophisticated and sustained. Each book will trace not only the development of an important oeuvre but also the construction of the critical discourse inspired by it. The series editors are Hal Foster, Benjamin H. D. Buchloh, Annette Michelson, Yve-Alain Bois, and
Rosalind Krauss.

The MIT Press

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Editorial Reviews

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 understanding of his work. For academic libraries.--David McClelland, Philadelphia Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262561303
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 9/18/2000
  • Series: October Files , #1
  • Pages: 218
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Meet the Author

Hal Foster is Townsend Martin '17 Professor of Art and Archaeology at Princeton
University and the author of Prosthetic Gods (MIT Press) and other books.
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Table of Contents

Series Preface
Acknowledgments
Process Sculpture and Film in the Work of Richard Serra (1978) 1
The Films of Richard Serra: An Interview (1979) 21
A Picturesque Stroll around Clara-Clara (1983) 59
Richard Serra: Sculpture (1986) 99
Redefining Site Specificity (1986) 147
The Un/making of Sculpture (1998) 175
Index of Names 201
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