Lot 145
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RICHARD SERRA | Rail Box Vertical Volume Two

600,000 - 800,000 USD
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  • Richard Serra
  • Rail Box Vertical Volume Two
  • oilstick on paper
  • 112 3/8 by 82 5/8 in. 285.5 by 210 cm.
  • Executed in 1982.


Blum Helman Gallery, New York
Galerie Beyeler, Basel
Galerie Art et Public, Geneva (acquired in 1990)
Acquired from the above by the present owner in 1995


New York, Blum Helman Gallery, Johns, Kelly, Serra: New York, May - June 1982
The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago, Large-Scale Drawings by Sculptors, January - February 1985
Geneva, Galerie Pierre Huber, Carl Andre, Donald Judd, Richard Serra, January - February 1990
Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Dans L'Oeil du critique. Bernard Lamarche-Vadel et les artistes, May - September 2009, illustrated 


Hans Janssen and Jacqueline Rapmund, Eds., Richard Serra: Drawings/Zeichnungen 1969-90: Catalogue Raisonné, Bern 1990, cat. no. 214, p. 146, illustrated

Catalogue Note

"The weight of a drawing derives not only from the number of layers of paintstick but mainly from the particular shape of the drawing. It is obvious—from Mantegna's Christ to Cézanne's apples—that shapes can imply weight, mass and volume...The black shapes, in functioning as weights in relation to a given architectural volume, create spaces and places within this volume...Black is a property, not a quality. In terms of weight, black is heavier, creates a larger volume, holds itself in a more compressed field. It is comparable to forging. Since place is the densest color material, it absorbs and dissipates light to a maximum and thereby changes the artificial as well as the natural light in a given room. A black shape can hold its space and place in relation to a larger volume and alter the mass of that volume readily." Richard Serra