Cover image for Richard Serra : sculpture, 1985-1998
Richard Serra : sculpture, 1985-1998
Serra, Richard, 1938-
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Publication Information:
Los Angeles : Museum of Contemporary Art ; Göttingen, Germany : Steidl, [1998]

Physical Description:
240 pages : illustrations ; 31 cm
General Note:
Accompanies an exhibition organized by Richard Koshalek and Julia Brown and held at the Geffen Contemporary at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, 20 Sept. 1998 - 3 Jan. 1999.

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NB237.S46 A4 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize

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This major publication catalogues all of Richard Serra's sculpture of the last thirteen years, presenting extensive photographic documentation of his site-specific sculpture, as well as an important critical text and an interview with the artist.

Reviews 2

Choice Review

This catalog, published to accompany the September, 1998-early January, 1999, exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, is a fine addition to the Serra exhibition itself. Not only does the catalog have excellent amplifying material, such as sections of complete works, 1985-1998; one-person exhibitions; selected group exhibitions; a bibliography of monographs and exhibition catalogs; and more than 225 excellent black-and-white images; it is well produced, well bound, and very reasonably priced, making it available to a wide range of individuals as well as libraries. The catalog documents not only the installation at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA of Serra's work from 1998, but also Serra's oeuvre from 1985 to '98. Unique features of the publication include the artist's own commentary on each of the works reproduced and a very fine essay by Hal Foster, "The Un/Making of Sculpture," which consists of chronological considerations, from the 1960s onwards, of Serra's responses to the question, "What does making sculpture mean to you right now?" A fine and approachable book on one of the most important living sculptors, this catalog/monograph is highly recommended. General readers; undergraduates through faculty.

Library Journal Review

Since most of Richard Serra's multi-ton steel sculptures are permanently sited in spots as far-flung as Iceland, Luxembourg, and numerous American states, it is far easier to visit them by journeying through this elegant catalog. More than 70 of his large sculptures or sculptural groupings are illustrated by lustrous black-and-white photographs, both of the final installations and, dramatically, of the heavy industrial processes needed to fabricate locomotive-sized sheets of curved steel. A 19-page interview with the sculptor and his short notes on each sculpture are helpful in understanding his train of thought, but the pompous introductory essay by Hal Foster is best left unread. The primary value of this catalog is the visual record of the sculpture Serra has completed since his major retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1986. An extensive list of exhibitions and a short bibliography will be helpful to researchers. Recommended for most collections.ÄDavid McClelland, Philadelphia (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.