The Form of Ideas: Conceptual Art from A Distinguished California Collection
signed, dated 87' and numbered 13/30
screenprint, paintstick on Arches Cover
Sheet: 49½ by 57 in. (125.7 by 144.8 cm.)
Framed: 50⅞ by 58⅜ in. (129.2 by 148.3 cm.)
Executed in 1987, this work is number 13 from an edition of 30, plus 10 artist's proofs, 1 right to print, 1 special proof and 2 gemini impressions.
This work is in good condition overall. There is a fine layer of surface dust throughout. The edges are deckled. There are tonal and textural shifts throughout, due to the artist's working method and chosen materials. There is a minute loss along the left edge, visible upon close inspection. There are scattered areas of white discoloration to the sheet. Under ultraviolet light, there is no evidence of restoration. Framed without glazing.
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Fred Hoffman Gallery, Santa Monica
Acquired from the above by the present owner in July 1992
While a majority of sculptors practice drawing in service of their sculptures, that is not the case with Serra. His works on paper are not simply studies that will ultimately be converted into sculptural pieces, but exist on their own right for their own sake. They involve a heavy accumulation of black oil paintstick on paper, in which Serra uses the absence of oil to the same degree that he applies it.