Richard Serra, American, born 1938; photographed by Robert Pettus, American, born 1938; Manipulated Photograph related to "Twain", c. 1975; marker on gelatin silver print; 8 7/8 x 8 1/16 inches; Saint Louis Art Museum, Gift of Richard Serra 40:1986 © 2014 Richard Serra / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, NY © Robert Pettus
Sight Lines: Richard Serra's Drawings for Twain
will highlight a series of drawings and manipulated photographs as well as a steel model related to the large-scale sculpture, Twain
, located on the Gateway Mall in downtown Saint Louis. In 1974, Serra was chosen by a panel of art professionals and civic leaders to create a site-specific work on an open plaza just east of the Civil Courts building. The material that will be on display acts as a record of the extensive planning for Serra’s first public commission in the United States.
, occupies one city block and consists of seven 40-foot steel plates and one 50-foot plate that form a quadrilateral arrangement. The narrow openings between the plates act as framing devices for the city beyond, including the Gateway Arch. The drawings in this exhibition investigate the relationship between Twain's
form and its setting—simulating the physical experience of moving in and around the sculpture. Displayed around a steel model, the drawings offer a 360-degree view of the site.
The exhibition is curated by Ann-Maree Walker, research assistant in the Department of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs, and is on view in gallery 313 from March 28 through September 7, 2014.