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Richard Serra (October Files) by Hal Foster

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By Hal Foster

Richard Serra is taken into account through many to be an important sculptor of the postwar interval. The essays during this quantity disguise the whole span of Serra's paintings up to now -- from his first experiments with fabrics and strategies via his early movies and location works to his present sequence of "torqued ellipses." there's a specified emphasis on these moments while Serra prolonged aesthetic conference and/or challenged political authority, as within the recognized fight with the final providers management over the site-specific piece Tilted Arc.October documents October documents is a brand new sequence of cheap paperback books. each one publication will tackle a physique of paintings by way of an artist of the postwar interval who has altered our realizing of artwork in major methods and triggered a serious literature that's subtle and sustained. each one publication will hint not just the improvement of a tremendous oeuvre yet additionally the development of the severe discourse encouraged by means of it. The sequence editors are Hal Foster, Benjamin H. D. Buchloh, Annette Michelson, Yve-Alain Bois, and Rosalind Krauss.

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RS: Well, the question then remains, and maybe it is even sharpened and intensified, as to the nature of the impulse to make film. Given that your sculptural pursuits were developing very rapidly, very intensively, that film for you represents a discrete and separate mode. AM: I know exactly how it happened. Someone said to me that he was going to make a film of the construction of House of Cards. At that time RS: The Films of Richard Serra: An Interview 25 26 Annette Michelson Glass and I were standing it up in my loft and we were worried about the possibility that it would collapse, and so there was a lot of dollying around and leaning plates and poles with linchpin accuracy.

RS: AM: Okay, but it seems to me that it’s never been a matter of influences. That’s a touchy, delicate, and not very interesting subject. But what I think one does see is a certain number of presuppositions and formal strategies which are shared at a given moment. Last week there was a festival of new music at the Kitchen;3 there were a number of people from Europe in town The Films of Richard Serra: An Interview 23 24 Annette Michelson for it, and I gathered them together to show them some films.

Television delivers people to an advertiser. There is no such thing as mass media in the United States except for television. Mass media means that a medium can deliver masses of people. Commercial television delivers twenty million people a minute. In commercial broadcasting the viewer pays for the privilege of having himself sold. It is the consumer who is consumed. You are the product of TV. You are delivered to the advertiser, who is the customer. He consumes you. The viewer is not responsible for AM: The Films of Richard Serra: An Interview 35 36 Annette Michelson programming.

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