ARTS: Schulhof's Curve - Public Art

This entry is recorded by Julie Maguire, Green Box Board Advisor, Visual Art & Director, Brett Weston Archive

A note: This piece is on private property, and is to be viewed via the street. Please be respectful. 

Schulhof's Curve
by Richard Serra (b. 1939, California)
Bear Crossing Studio

Cor-ten steel
44 x 444 x 89 inches

With its sweep of rigorous COR-TEN steel that dramatically bisects the environment in which it stands, Richard Serra’s Schulhof’s Curve is a modestly scaled version of his imposing free-standing structures that have come to symbolize the artist’s unique brand of sculpture.

Other Facts:

* Serra is known as a minimalist sculptor, but works in other media (prints, paint)
* He worked in steel mills as a youth, which has influenced his work
* In 1970 started creating large steel site specific works
* He creates works that challenge the perception of viewers body in relation to interior space and landscape
* This particular work strongly related to Tilted Arc  which was built for Federal Plaza in New York.  A 5 yearlong lawsuit saw the piece destroyed for scrap in 1989. Serra said to move the work from the site was to destroy it. The case brought the approval of the public to the forefront of public art.
* This work commissioned by Rudolph and Hannelore Schulhof. It is more personal in scale, but still manages to create its own space
* This work is definitely minimalist, with factory produced materials and geometric structures, but also Abstract Expressionist in nature

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