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Triangle Belt Piece

© Richard Serra / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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© Richard Serra / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Image downloads are for educational use only. For all other purposes, please see our Obtaining and Using Images page.

Richard Serra

American, born 1938

Triangle Belt Piece, 1967

rubber

overall (irregular): 36 x 60 x 12 inches (91.44 x 152.4 x 30.48 cm)

Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York

James G. Forsyth Fund, 1973

1973:6

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Provenance

from the artist to Galerie Rolf Ricke, Cologne, 1968;
Galerie Bischofberger, Zurich, by 1971;
purchased by the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, February 1973

Class

Sculpture

Work Type

Sculpture (visual work)

This information may change due to ongoing research. Glossary of Terms

Shortly after moving to New York City in 1966, Richard Serra began making art with scraps of rubber he discovered in the Canal Street area, including wall reliefs such as Triangle Belt Piece. This work comprises strips of the found material wired together and arranged so that they droop in large, curving bands. As Serra has noted, his rubber sculptures are defined by gravity and by a form of drawing that is “predicated on the joints and where the lines crossed.” Occasionally, Serra also combined rubber strips with irregular loops of neon tubing. And, in some instances, he addressed themes of repetition and variation, which many other artists and experimental musicians of the time were also exploring, by hanging multiple “belt” pieces in a row.

Label from Giant Steps: Artists and the 1960s, June 30–December 30, 2018

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