Richard Serra once said: "Drawing is a verb. So I'd written a verb list: to roll, to fold, to cut, to dangle, to twist... and I really just worked out pieces in relation to the verb list physically in a space." Serra’s Verb List (1967–68) is comprised of 84 verbs written in pencil on two sheets of paper and served as a manifesto of sorts, guiding the artist's work across multiple mediums.
Richard Serra. Verb List. 1967–68. Graphite on paper, 2 sheets, each 10 x 8" (25.4 x 20.3 cm).
The Museum of Modern Art, New York. © 2011 Richard Serra/Artists Rights Society (ARS)