Richard Serra, Richard Shiff con Richard Serra: Forged Sculpture
Published on the occasion of Richard Serra's (born 1939) 2015 exhibition Equal at David Zwirner, New York, this catalogue is the first in-depth overview of the artist's works in forged steel. While he had already become known for his works in vulcanized rubber, lead and steel, Serra first began using forged steel after encountering a large-scale forge at a steel mill in Germany in 1977. Unlike casting, wherein steel is heated until molten and poured into a mold, forging is the process of changing metal's shape while in a solid state, through extreme heat and pressure. Serra's first forged sculpture was -Berlin Block for Charlie Chaplin- (1977), installed outside of the Mies van der Rohe-designed Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin. Since then, he has continued to use this material in different configurations and formats to create works that use forged blocks, rounds or lintels. Designed by McCall Associates in close collaboration with the artist, Richard Serra: Forged Sculpture presents a survey of Serra's forged sculpture since 1977, featuring new scholarship by art historian Richard Shiff and an essay by Serra, along with beautifully illustrated photographs of the forging process. Bringing together over 40 detailed plates of forged works, this unique book not only introduces readers to an important aspect of Serra's work, but uses these works to return to the eternal questions of weight, balance and perception in his practice.