Skip to Main Content

Richard Serra: Vertical and Horizontal Reversals

Published by David Zwirner Books
Distributed by Simon & Schuster

About The Book

Vertical and Horizontal Reversals, designed by McCall Associates in close collaboration with the artist and printed by Steidl, is the most extensive presentation of the “Reversal” drawings to be published.

Richard Serra’s “Reversal” drawings employ two identical rectangular sheets of paper that are adjoined in a vertical or horizontal format, with the black and white areas reversing themselves top to bottom (or left to right). The area that is black on the top (or left) sheet is white on the bottom (or right) sheet, and the area that is white on the top (or left) sheet is black on the bottom (or right) sheet in a figure / ground reversal. 

The book reproduces all thirty-three drawings shown in 2014 at David Zwirner in New York, in addition to documenting this series in its entirety. The book also includes new scholarship by art historian Gordon Hughes.

About The Author

Richard Serra’s first solo exhibitions were held at the Galleria La Salita, Rome, 1966, and, in the United States, at the Leo Castelli Warehouse, New York, in 1969. His first solo museum exhibition was held at The Pasadena Art Museum in 1970. Solo exhibitions of Serra’s sculptural work have been held at numerous public institutions worldwide, including, among others, Kunsthalle Tübingen, Germany, 1978; Musée National d’Art Moderne, Paris, 1984; The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1986; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, 1992; Serpentine Gallery, London, 1992; and Dia Center for the Arts, New York, 1997.

Product Details

  • Publisher: David Zwirner Books (November 24, 2015)
  • Length: 88 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781941701010

Browse Related Books

Raves and Reviews

“Mr. Serra remains, after all these years, the Process artist par excellence.”

– Roberta Smith, The New York Times

“For over 50 years, the artist has pushed the boundaries with his majestic sculptures and abstract drawings that explore gravity, space and time.”

– Kelly Crow, Wall Street Journal

“Like almost no-one else, Serra grounds us in the here and now.”

– Adrian Searle, The Guardian

Resources and Downloads

High Resolution Images

More books from this author: Richard Serra