The artist is creating the work for Zwirner even though Serra has long been represented by the gallery’s chief competitor the Gagosian Gallery. The sizeable work will be the renowned sculptor’s third recent solo show with Zwirner. Serra can also be seen at Gagosian’s Britannia Street gallery in London featuring the monumental and interactive heavy-weight works; ‘Backdoor Pipeline’ (2010), ‘Ramble’ (2014), ‘Dead Load’ (2014), and ‘London Cross’ (2014). All of which ask the viewer to explore the spaces in and around the works.
In addition to Serra’s has a forthcoming large-scale sculpture, which is set to be unveiled in May 2015, the artist will have a show of drawings with Zwirner next month—”Richard Serra: Vertical and Horizontal Reversals, and currently has a display at Gagosian Davies Street London to coincide with the artist’s Britannia Street show.
The major metal work by the artist will feature at Zwirner’s five-story West 20th Street gallery space, which opened in February of last year, to commemorate the gallery’s 20th anniversary.
“We’re really working with Richard and his team. They make the calls. We don’t need to worry about what it means—we need to worry about putting on great shows and making this interesting for Richard,” Bellatrix Hubert, a senior partner at Zwirner, told the Art Newspaper.
Serra’s installations, which often consists of large sheets of weatherproofed steel, have actually been considered too heavy for most Chelsea spaces not owned by Gagosian. In fact, the upcoming Zwirner exhibition was only put together after a team of engineers gave its approval – According to the Art Newspaper.