Early Work Press Release


April 12—June 15, 2013

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.

On the occasion of the exhibition, the gallery will publish a comprehensive monograph devoted to this early period of the artist's practice with Steidl, Göttingen; the publication will include new scholarship by Hal Foster, in addition to a selection of archival texts and photographs from the years 1966 to 1972.

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