W.M. (Weights and Measures)

MAKER:
Artist

Richard Serra ( American, 1938 )

DATE:
1995
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General Description

These etchings by Richard Serra [2003.9.2.A-B, 2003.9.3.A-B, 2003.9.4.A-B, 2003.5.A-B] are part of his series called Weights and Measures, which exists in various forms: sculpture, drawings, and prints. Serra installed the series's sculpture, which consisted of two similar-looking but in fact very differently scaled steel rectangles, in a long central hall at the Tate Gallery in London, using the axis of the hallway to play off a viewer’s variable perception of distance, size, and matter. In a similar way, Serra’s prints and drawings of the series are deceptively complex renderings of how one form reacts with another in space, and all that this implies.

Adapted from

  • Anna Katherine Brodbeck, ed., TWO X TWO X TWENTY: Two Decades Supporting Contemporary Art at the Dallas Museum of Art (Dallas: Dallas Museum of Art), 2018, 48.

  • Jeffrey Grove, DMA Label copy, Variations on Theme: Contemporary Art 1950s - Present, 2012.

Web Resources

  • YouTube
    Watch a short video clip of Serra's Weights and Measures installed in a gallery.

  • Tate
    Read more about Serra's Weights and Measures installed at the Tate in 1992.