As the focal point of numerous high-profile exhibitions, the
sculpture of Richard Serra (b. 1939) has drawn international
acclaim. Yet even those who have marveled at Serra's intellectually
rigorous and large works of sculpture may not be familiar with his
equally intriguing drawings. This handsome book brings together for
the first time Serra's drawn work, considering the artist's
investigation of medium as an activity both independent from and
linked to his pioneering sculptural practice.
First working in ink, charcoal, and lithographic crayon on
paper, Serra originally used drawing as a means to explore form and
perceptual relations between his sculpture and the viewer. Over
time, his drawings underwent significant shifts in concept,
materials, and scale and became fully realized and autonomous works
of art. The grand, bold forms he created with black paintstick in
his monumental Installation Drawings were designed to disrupt and
complement existent spaces and eventually began to occupy entire
rooms. In the late 1980s, Serra explored the tension of weight and
gravity through layering, and his most recent work experiments with
surface effects, using mesh screens as intermediaries between the
gesture and the transfer of pigment to paper.
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