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Weights and Measures

A work made of hot-rolled steel.
© 2018 Richard Serra / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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  • A work made of hot-rolled steel.




Richard Serra
American, born 1939

About this artwork

Capturing the raw, muscular energy required to work with lead and steel, Richard Serra began utilizing these materials in the late 1960s to explore the fundamental properties of sculptural tension. In 1968 he created his first “props,” consisting of plates and tubes, which fall into one of four categories—wall, corner, freestanding, or post-and-lintel. These sculptures entail a stable but unnerving performance of balance. A wall prop made of steel, Weights and Measures is not only visually striking but also physically imposing, experienced as much through the viewer’s sense of his or her own body as through vision. This work is a monumental form created from dense sheets that are not welded or joined; the result is a disquieting, even aggressive sculptural experience. Physical proximity and the sense of precariously balanced weight create a remarkably immediate relationship between space, object, and viewer.

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Contemporary Art


Richard Serra


Weights and Measures


United States




Hot-rolled steel


Three plates: 160 × 213 × 5 cm (63 × 84 × 2 in.); 160 × 213 × 5 cm (63 × 84 × 2 in.); 160 × 160 × 7.6 cm (63 × 63 × 3 in.); 337.8 × 528 × 7.6 cm (133 × 208 × 3 in.), installed

Credit Line

Gift of Camille Oliver-Hoffman

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© 2018 Richard Serra / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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