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Richard Serra, Surprise Attack, 1973

1973, 2:18

During a period in the 1970s, Richard Serra began using video, sometimes as a reference point his sculpture. The lead in Surprise Attack, is a reference to his sculpture, and to his 1968 film Hand Catching Lead. The video involves the piece of lead being tossed back and forth, while reciting an excerpt from Thomas C. Schelling's The Strategy of Conflict (1960). The act is simplistic, and similar to physical motions used while thinking or speaking, is done to assist memory. The artist seems as though he is trying to recall a previous event.