New York Art@Site Richard Serra Tilted Arc

Richard Serra


Tilted Arc

Federal Plaza (removed)
A kind giant with expressiveness
I'm delighted as an artwork makes a statement, if it clearly speaks about society, about relationships, about art or the like. And for me, the more space an artwork takes, the better.
Also, I like that an artwork has a particular form; with lines, with colors, with rest-forms.
Titled Arc is an artwork with a strong power of expression and is maybe one of the most striking and significant artworks in general.
With Titled Arc by Richard Serra I see a 'giant' out of the earth; It seems hardly modified iron ore with the roughness, the colors, the size. The material is 100% earth. The long curved lines have relaxness and have goodness. Titled Arc is a kind giant.
Titled Arc has a particular effect on its surroundings: the space is divided in two. People can not see each other on both sides of the work. It might take one minute to pass along this approximately 20 metres long artwork; this can feel oppressive.
Is Titled Arc culture or nature? I would say culture; the raw rusted iron ore has a perfect shape. It indicates that humans have control over nature.
This artwork is telling about separation and divorce. Many things in our society bring separations and it’s logic that an artwork comments on this. There is a lot of separation and even injustice between rich and poor, white and black, humans and animals.
Titled Arc is one of the largest objects on Federal Plaza: the pond is smaller, some of the trees are smaller, the roads are bigger, some buildings are narrower but are higher, the Citystore and Thurgood Marshall Courthouse with their respective approximately 75 and 100 metres are much bigger.
I am sorry that Titled Arc bu Richard Serra has been removed. This giant says a lot about the injustice of many of separations in our society.
By Theo,

Een gemoedelijke reus met zeggingskracht
Ik ben blij als een kunstwerk een statement maakt, als het zich duidelijk uitspreekt over de samenleving, over relaties, over kunst of dergelijke. En voor mij geldt: hoe meer ruimte een kunstwerk daarvoor inneemt, hoe beter.
Ook houd ik ervan dat een kunstwerk een bijzondere vorm heeft; met lijnenspel, met kleuren, met restvormen.
Titled Arc is een kunstwerk met een sterke zeggingskracht en hoort misschien wel bij de meest opvallende en veelzeggende kunstwerken in zijn algemeenheid.
Bij Titled Arc van Richard Serra zie ik een ‘reus’ uit de aarde; het lijkt nauwelijks bewerkt ijzererts met de ruwheid, de kleuren, de omvang. Het materiaal is 100% aarde. De lange gebogen lijnen hebben rust en hebben goedheid. Titled Arc is een gemoedelijke reus.
Titled Arc heeft een bijzondere uitwerking op haar omgeving: de ruimte is in tweeën verdeeld. Personen kunnen elkaar niet zien aan beide zijden van het werk. Het duurt misschien één minuut om langs dit wellicht 20 meter lange kunstwerk te lopen; dit kan benauwend werken.
Is Titled Arc cultuur of natuur? Ik zou zeggen cultuur; het ruwe verroeste ijzererts heeft een perfecte vorm. Het geeft aan dat de mens de natuur onder controle heeft.
Dit kunstwerk zegt iets over scheiden en gescheiden zijn. Er is veel in onze samenleving dat ons scheidt en het is logisch dat een kunstwerk daar commentaar op heeft. Er is namelijk groot onderscheid en misschien wel onrecht tussen arm en rijk, wit en zwart, mens en dier.
Titled Arc is één van de grootste objecten op Federal Plaza: de vijver is kleiner, een aantal van de bomen zijn kleiner, de wegen zijn groter, een aantal gebouwen is smaller maar zijn hoger, de Citystore en Thurgood Marshall Courthouse zijn met hun respectievelijk circa 75 en 100 meter veel groter.
Ik vind het jammer dat Titled Arc van Richard Serra is verwijderd. Deze gemoedelijke reus zegt veel over het onrecht van veel van over scheidingen in onze samenleving.
By Theo,
Tilted Arc was a site-specific sculpture originally commissioned by the United States General Services Administration Arts-in-Architecture program for the Foley Federal Plaza in front of the Jacob K. Javits Federal Building in Manhattan, New York City. The post-minimalist artwork was designed by the well-known artist Richard Serra and constructed in 1981. However, after much debate, it was removed in 1989 following a lawsuit. Richard Serra is one of the leading minimalist sculptors and started his notable body of work after his graduation from Yale University where he studied fine art. This work exemplifies his minimalist, conceptual style. Tilted Arc was created when Serra was forty years old and was already a respected artist; thus, there was much attention given to the removal of his work.
Richard Serra (born November 2, 1938) is an American artist involved in the Process Art Movement. He lives and works in Tribeca, New York and on the North Fork, Long Island.
Around 1970, Serra shifted his activities outdoors, focusing on large-scale site-specific sculpture. Serra often constructs site-specific installations, frequently on a scale that dwarfs the observer. His site-specific works challenge viewers' perception of their bodies in relation to interior spaces and landscapes, and his work often encourages movement in and around his sculptures. Most famous is the "Torqued Ellipse" series, which began in 1996 as single elliptical forms inspired by the soaring space of the early 17th century Baroque church San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane in Rome. Made of huge steel plates bent into circular sculptures with open tops, they rotate upward as they lean in or out.
Serra usually begins a sculpture by making a small maquette (or model) from flat plates at an inch-to-foot ratio: a 40-foot piece will start as a 40-inch model. He often makes these models in lead as it is "very malleable and easy to rework continuously." He then consults a structural engineer, who specifies how the piece should be made to retain its balance and stability. The steel pieces are fabricated in Wetzlar, Germany. The steel he uses takes about 8–10 years to develop its characteristic dark, even patina of rust. Once the surface is fully oxidized, the color will remain relatively stable over the piece's life.
Serra's first larger commissions were mostly realized outside the United States. Shift (1970–72) consists of six walls of concrete zigzag across a grassy hillside in King City, Ontario. Spin Out (1972–73), a trio of steel plates facing one another, is situated on the grounds of the Kröller-Müller Museum in Otterlo, the Netherlands (Schunnemunk Fork (1991), a work similar to that of his in the Netherlands can be found in Storm King Art Center in Upstate New York.) Part of a series works involving round steelplates, Elevation Circles: In and Out (1972–77) was installed at Schlosspark Haus Weitmar in Bochum, Germany.
For documenta VI (1977), Serra designed Terminal, four 41-foot-tall trapezoids that form a tower, situated in front of the main exhibition venue. After long negotiations, accompanied by violent protests, Terminal was purchased by the city of Bochum and finally installed at the city's train station in 1979. Carnegie (1984–85), a 39-foot-high vertical shaft outside the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, received high praise. Similar sculptures, like Fulcrum (1987), Axis (1989), and Torque (1992), were later installed in London's Broadgate, at Kunsthalle Bielefeld, and at Saarland University, respectively. Initially located in the French town of Puteaux,Slat (1985) consists of five steel plates - four trapezoidal and one rectangular - each one roughly 12 feet wide and 40 feet tall, that lean on one another to form a tall, angular tepee. Already in 1989 vandalism and graffiti prompted that town's mayor to remove it, and only in December 2008, after almost 20 years in storage, Slat was re-anchored in La Défense. Because of its weight, officials chose to ground it in a traffic island behind the Grande Arche.
In 1979, Wright's Triangle was installed on Western Washington University's campus, as an addition to the Western Washington University Public Sculpture Collection. The triangular shaped piece was installed at an intersection of three paths that run through the middle of the campus. Its placement and structure allows viewers to walk around and through the piece, hopefully presenting ideas of confrontation, separation, and union.
In 1981, Serra installed Tilted Arc, a 3.5 meter high arc of steel in the Federal Plaza in New York City. There was controversy over the installation from day one, largely from workers in the buildings surrounding the plaza who complained that the steel wall obstructed passage through the plaza. A public hearing in 1985 voted that the work should be moved, but Serra argued the sculpture was site specific and could not be placed anywhere else. Serra famously issued an often-quoted statement regarding the nature of site-specific art when he said, "To remove the work is to destroy it." Eventually on March 15, 1989, the sculpture was dismantled by federal workers and consigned to a New York warehouse. In 1999, they were moved to a storage space in Maryland. William Gaddis satirized these events in his 1994 novel A Frolic of His Own.
Serra continues to produce large-scale steel structures for sites throughout the world, and has become particularly renowned for his monumental arcs, spirals, and ellipses, which engage the viewer in an altered experience of space. In particular, he has explored the effects of torqued forms in a series of single and double-torqued ellipses. He was invited to create a number of artworks in France: Philibert et Marguerite in the cloister of the Musée de Brou at Bourg-en-Bresse (1985); Threats of Hell (1990) at the CAPC (Centre d'arts plastiques contemporains de Bordeaux) in Bordeaux; Octagon for Saint Eloi (1991) in the village of Chagny in Burgundy; and Elevations for L'Allée de la Mormaire in Grosrouvre (1993). Alongside those works, Serra designed a series of forged pieces including Two Forged Rounds for Buster Keaton (1991); Snake Eyes and Boxcars (1990-1993), six pairs of forged hyper-dense Cor-Ten steel blocks; Ali-Frazier (2001), two forged blocks of weatherproof steel; and Santa Fe Depot (2006).
In 2000, he installed Charlie Brown, a 60-foot-tall sculpture in atrium of the new Gap Inc. headquarters in San Francisco. Working with spheroid and toroid sections for the first time, Betwixt the Torus and the Sphere (2001) and Union of the Torus and the Sphere (2001) introduced entirely new shapes into Serra's sculptural vocabulary. Wake (2003) was installed at the Olympic Sculpture Park in Seattle, with its five pairs of forms measuring 14 feet high, 48 feet long and six feet wide apiece. Each of these five closed volumes is composed of two toruses, with the profile of a solid, vertically flattened S.
Named for the late Joseph Pulitzer, Jr. (1913-1993), the rolled-steel elliptical sculpture Joe (2000) is the first in Serra's series of "Torqued Spirals".It is, The 42.5-ton piece T.E.U.C.L.A., another part of the "Torqued Ellipse" series and Serra's first public sculpture in Southern California, was installed in 2006 in the plaza of UCLA's Eli and Edythe Broad Art Center. That same year, the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa installed Serra's Connector, a 66-foot-tall towering sculpture on its plaza.
Another famous work of Serra's is the mammoth sculpture Snake, a trio of sinuous steel sheets creating a curving path, permanently located in the largest gallery of the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. In 2005, the museum mounted an exhibition of more of Serra's work, incorporating Snake into a collection entitled The Matter of Time. The whole work consists of eight sculptures measuring between 12 and 14 feet in height and weighing from 44 to 276 tons. Already in 1982-84, he had installed the permanent work La palmera in the Plaça de la Palmera in Barcelona. He has not always fared so well in Spain, however; also in 2005, the Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid announced that the 38-tonne sculpture Equal-Parallel/Guernica-Bengasi (1986) had been "mislaid". In 2008, a duplicate copy was made by the artist and displayed in Madrid.
In spring 2005, Serra returned to San Francisco to install his first public work, Ballast (2004), in that city (previous negotiations for a commission fell through) – two 50-foot steel plates in the main open space of the new University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) campus.
In 2008, Serra showed his installation Promenade, a series of five colossal steel sheets placed at 100-foot intervals through in the Grand Palais as part of the Monumenta exhibition; each sheet weighed 75 tons and was 17 meters in height. Serra was the second artist, after Anselm Kiefer, to be invited to fill the 13,500 m² nave of the Grand Palais with works created specially for the event.
In December 2011, Serra unveiled his sculpture 7 in Doha, Qatar. The sculpture, located at the plaza in Doha harbour, is composed of seven steel sheets and is 80-foot high. The sculpture was commissioned by the Qatar Museums Authority. In March 2014, Serra's East-West/West-East, a site-specific sculpture located at a remote desert location stretching more than a half-mile through Qatar's Brouq nature reserve, was unveiled. In 2015, the sculptor's monumental work Equal, composed of eight blocks of steel and exhibited that year at David Zwirner in New York, was acquired by The Museum of Modern Art.
In the past Serra has dedicated work to Charlie Chaplin, Greta Garbo, Marilyn Monroe, Buster Keaton, the German filmmaker Rainer Werner Fassbinder and the art critic David Sylvester.