Basic Maintenance

1987

Object

Artist

Richard Serra, American, 1938-
Born: San Francisco, CA
Work Locations: New York; Nova Scotia

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Object Info

Object: sculpture
Currently on view
Object ID: 1998.36A-B

Medium/Technique

Hot rolled steel

Credit

Funds from 1998 Alliance for Contemporary Art Auction and the following donors by exchange: ARCO, American Art Foundation, Noël and Thomas Congdon, Lois Frumess, Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Gary, Albert A. List Foundation, Inc., Vera List, National Endowment for the Arts Purchase Grant, Dr. and Mrs. Bruce J. Sailor, and Mr. and Mrs. William White; in honor of Nancy B. Tieken

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Dimensions

height: 146 in, 370.8400 cm; width: 157 1/2 in, 400.0500 cm

Department

Modern and Contemporary Art

Extended Info

Like a ballet dancer, this sculpture balances on a tiny point. No bolts secure it; no welding holds it together. It is 6,000 pounds of steel, and it is merely propped against the wall. Richard Serra is interested in the effects created by this massive and seemingly perilous arrangement. “There’s an intangible quality to a gravitational field,” he says. “The only way to understand . . . is to experience the place physically.”