Richard Serra at The Met

April 15, 2011 § 1 Comment


Photo: Metropolitan Museum curators Magdalena Dabrowski and Gary Tinterow flanking Richard Serra, in his Union (2011), a work specially commissioned for the exhibition

On a very cold and rainy Monday night, Sidney and I attended the opening reception for Richard Serra’s retrospective of drawings at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.  On view from April 13 – August 28, 2011, the retrospective will travel to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art from October 15 – January 16, 2012 and ends its tour at its organizing institution, the Menil Collection from March 2 – June 10, 2012.

Beginning with early drawings that are very much about process, and progressing to large-scale works, one of which is drawn directly onto the museum’s walls, the exhibition is a comprehensive and powerful presentation of Serra’s drawings – an art form independent (yet very much linked) to his sculptural practice.  The rough, raised surfaces of his Paintstik drawings compel viewers to experience them in a very physical, almost three-dimensional manner – a sensation familiar to those acquainted with Serra’s editioned prints.  There is an immediacy and confrontational presence in these works that underscores Serra’s interest in weight and gravity.

After the reception, Serra’s dealer, the Gagosian Gallery, hosted a dinner at The Mark for close friends of the artists, including Paul Schupf, whose nearly complete collection of Serra prints has been shown extensively, most prominently at Colby College in Maine.

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