Early Work | David Zwirner
Installation view of the exhibition Richard Serra: Early Work, at David Zwirner in New York, dated 2013.

Richard Serra

Early Work

David Zwirner is pleased to present an exhibition of early work by the artist Richard Serra. Dating from 1966 to 1971, the works on view, drawn from museum and private collections, represent the beginning of the artist’s innovative, process-oriented experiments with nontraditional materials, such as vulcanized rubber, neon, and lead, in addition to key early examples of his work in steel. Also featured will be a program of the artist's films from this period.

The interplay of gravity and material that was introduced early in his career set the stage for Serra's ongoing engagement with the spatial and temporal properties of sculpture. This exhibition aims to reconsider the groundbreaking practices and ideas that so firmly situate Serra in the history of 20th Century art.

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Published to accompany the critically acclaimed exhibition at David Zwirner, Richard Serra: Early Work focuses on work the artist produced between 1966 and 1971. Designed in collaboration with Serra, the publication includes documentary photographs, installation views, stills from his early films, archival texts and reviews, and an essay by Hal Foster. Published by David Zwirner | Steidl

Watch: Serra introduces the publication at The Strand bookstore in New York

A lead sculpture by Richard Serra titled One Ton Prop (House of Cards), dated 1969.

Richard Serra

One Ton Prop (House of Cards), 1969
Lead
Four (4) plates, each: 48 x 48 x 1 inches (121.9 x 121.9 x 2.5 cm)
A work on paper by Richard Serra, titled Verb List, dated 1967.

Richard Serra

Verb List, 1967
Graphite on paper
Two (2) sheets, each: 10 x 8 inches (25.4 x 20.3 cm)
Installation view of the exhibition Richard Serra: Early Work, at David Zwirner in New York, dated 2013.
Installation view of the exhibition Richard Serra: Early Work, at David Zwirner in New York, dated 2013.
A lead sculpture by Richard Serra titled Prop, dated 1968.

Richard Serra

Prop, 1968
Lead
Plate: 60 x 60 x 1/8 inches (152.4 x 152.4 x 0.3 cm); pole: 8 feet (2.4 m) long, 4 3/4 inches (12 cm) diameter
A vulcanized rubber sculpture by Richard Serra titled To Lift, dated 1967.

Richard Serra

To Lift, 1967
Vulcanized rubber
36 x 80 x 60 inches (91.4 x 203.2 x 152.4 cm)
A lead, wood, stone and steel sculpture titled Cutting Device: Base Plate Measure, dated 1969.

Richard Serra

Cutting Device: Base Plate Measure, 1969
Lead, wood, stone, and steel
Overall: ca. 12 x 216 x 187 3/4 inches (30.5 x 550 x 500 cm)
A mixed media sculpture by Richard Serra, titled White Neon Belt Piece, dated 1967.

Richard Serra

White Neon Belt Piece, 1967
Vulcanized rubber, neon tubing, cable, iron clips, and transformer
74 13/16 x 19 11/16 x 11 13/16 inches (190 x 50 x 30 cm)
An untitled rubber sculpture by Richard Serra, dated 1967.

Richard Serra

Untitled, 1967
Rubber
100 x 42 x 6 inches (254 x 106.7 x 15.2 cm)
A lead sculpture by Richard Serra, titled Three Lead Coils, dated 1968.

Richard Serra

Three Lead Coils, 1968
Lead
86 1/2 x 86 1/2 x 55 inches (219.7 x 219.7 x 139.7 cm)
A lead sculpture by Richard Serra, titled Tearing Lead, dated 1968.

Richard Serra

Tearing Lead, 1968
Lead
Overall: 6 x 120 x 120 inches (15.2 x 304.8 x 304.8 cm)
An untitled lead sculpture by Richard Serra, dated 1968.

Richard Serra

Untitled, 1968
Lead
2 inches (5.1 cm) high, 21 inches (53.3 cm) diameter
A lead sculpture by Richard Serra titled Prop, dated 1968.

Richard Serra

Prop, 1968
Lead
Plate: 60 x 60 x 1/8 inches (152.4 x 152.4 x 0.3 cm); pole: 8 feet (2.4 m) long, 4 3/4 inches (12 cm) diameter
A lead sculpture by Richard Serra, titled Folded, Unfolded, dated 1969.

Richard Serra

Folded, Unfolded, 1969
Lead
1 1/2 x 58 1/8 x 58 1/8 inches (3.8 x 147.6 x 147.6 cm)
A lead sculpture by Richard Serra, titled Thirty-five Feet of Lead Rolled Up, dated 1968.

Richard Serra

Thirty-five Feet of Lead Rolled Up, 1968
Lead
5 inches (12.7 cm) diameter, 24 inches (61 cm) long
A lead sculpture by Richard Serra, titled Bullet, dated 1968.

Richard Serra

Bullet, 1968
Lead
6 inches (12.7 cm) diameter, 36 inches (61 cm) long
A lead sculpture by Richard Serra, titled Slow Roll: For Philip Glass, dated 1968.

Richard Serra

Slow Roll: For Philip Glass, 1968
Lead
Three (3) rolls, each: 6 inches (15.2 cm) diameter, 72 inches (182.9 cm) long
A lead sculpture by Richard Serra, titled Double Roll, dated 1968.

Richard Serra

Double Roll, 1968
Lead
Two (2) rolls, each: 6 inches (15.2 cm) diameter, 96 inches (243.8 cm) long
An untitled rubber and canvas sculpture by Richard Serra, dated 1968.

Richard Serra

Untitled, 1968
Rubber and canvas
Variable: ca. 98 3/8 x 59 x 137 3/4 inches (249.9 x 149.9 x 349.9 cm)
A vulcanized rubber sculpture by Richard Serra titled To Lift, dated 1967.

Richard Serra

To Lift, 1967
Vulcanized rubber
36 x 80 x 60 inches (91.4 x 203.2 x 152.4 cm)
A rubber and fiberglass sculpture by Richard Serra, titled Doors, dated 1966 to 1967.

Richard Serra

Doors, 1966-1967
Rubber and fiberglass
Four (4) parts, each: 36 x 108 x 2 inches (91.4 x 274.3 x 5.1 cm)
A vulcanized rubber sculpture by Richard Serra, titled Template, dated 1967.

Richard Serra

Template, 1967
Vulcanized rubber
96 x 39 x 1/8 inches (243.8 x 99.1 x .3 cm)
A vulcanized rubber sculpture by Richard Serra, titled Chunk, dated 1967.

Richard Serra

Chunk, 1967
Vulcanized rubber
48 1/2 x 18 x 19 3/4 inches (123.2 x 45.7 x 50.2 cm)
A work on paper by Richard Serra, titled Verb List, dated 1967.

Richard Serra

Verb List, 1967
Graphite on paper
Two (2) sheets, each: 10 x 8 inches (25.4 x 20.3 cm)
An untitled rubber and neon tubing sculpture, dated 1966.

Richard Serra

Untitled, 1966
Rubber and neon tubing
Height variable, ca. 72 13/16 x 73 1/16 x 5 1/8 inches (184.9 x 185.6 x 13 cm)
A lead sculpture by Richard Serra, titled V+5: To Michael Heizer, dated 1969.

Richard Serra

V+5: To Michael Heizer, 1969
Lead
Four (4) plates, each: 48 x 48 x 3/4 inches (121.9 x 121.9 x 1.9 cm)
A lead sculpture by Richard Serra, titled Equal (Corner Prop Piece), dated 1969 to 1970.

Richard Serra

Equal (Corner Prop Piece), 1969-1970
Lead
Plate: 48 x 48 x 3/4 inches 121.9 x 121.9 x 1.9 cm Pole: 4 3/8 inches (11 cm) diameter, 84 1/4 inches (214 cm) long
A lead sculpture by Richard Serra, titled 5:30, dated 1969.

Richard Serra

5:30, 1969
Lead
Four (4) plates, each: 48 x 48 x 3/4 inches (121.9 x 121.9 x 1.9 cm) Pole: 84 inches (213.4 cm) long
A lead sculpture by Richard Serra titled One Ton Prop (House of Cards), dated 1969.

Richard Serra

One Ton Prop (House of Cards), 1969
Lead
Four (4) plates, each: 48 x 48 x 1 inches (121.9 x 121.9 x 2.5 cm)
A hot-rolled steel sculpture by Richard Serra, titled Three Cuts, dated 1971.

Richard Serra

Three Cuts, 1971
Hot-rolled steel in six (6) parts
Overall: 12 3/16 x 59 13/16 x 192 1/8 inches (31 x 152 x 488 cm)
A hot-rolled steel sculpture by Richard Serra titled Strike: To Roberta and Rudy, dated 1969-1971..

Richard Serra

Strike: To Roberta and Rudy, 1969-1971
Hot-rolled steel
Plate: 97 x 288 x 1 1/2 inches (246.4 x 731.5 x 3.8 cm)

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