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Richard Serra: Torqued Ellipses
Synopses & Reviews
The extraordinary installation of the Torqued Ellipses by Richard Serra at Dia on September 25, 1997 through June 14, 1998, is captured in this exhibition catalogue. Black and white photos document the ellipses as they are created at a steel mill in Baltimore and transported to and installed at Dia in New York. Photos of the models used for the finished pieces and reproductions of Serra's drawings give insight into the initial conception of the pieces. The interview with the artist by Lynne Cooke and Michael Govan concerns the concept and production of the Torqued Ellipses. Mark Taylor's essay documents Serra's development as a sculptor.
Texts by Mark Taylor and Michael Govan. Interview with Lynne Cooke. This book documents a new series of large-scale metal sculptures Torqued Ellipse I, II, and Double Torqued Ellipse which display the openness and coadaptivity of complex systems. Not only are these works, as Serra stresses, "getting more complex", they are actually about complexity.
About the Author
Richard Serra was born in San Francisco in 1939. While in college, he supported himself by working in steel mills. His work, which stems from minimalist beginnings in the 60s and has been exhibited and permanently installed around the world, is famous for a physicality compounded by breathtaking size and weight. Serra lives in New York and Nova Scotia.
Lynne Cooke has been Curator at Dia Art Foundation since 1991. An art historian and critic, she has published extensively on contemporary art and taught in various institutions.
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