Exhibit Information

Metropolitan Museum of Art

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RICHARD SERRA DRAWING: A Retrospective

Opening: 13 APRIL 2011 - Closing: 28 AUGUST 2011


 

There is very little to be said about Minimalism. But, in the case of some of Richard Serra’s immense Black Squares, Circles, & TrianglesPaintstick on PaperOne-Picture is certainly Worth a Thousand-Words!

 

Pictures to come.

 

Some of the drawings—especially those in the 28 Serra-Sketchbooks on-display at the Met—are Studies for the huge Rusted-Iron/Steel-Site-Specific-Minimalist-Abstract-Constructions Serra has created to Great-Acclaim.

 

MoMA even had to reinforce its floors for its Gigantic-Serra-Show not so long ago…

 

There are also some 48 mostly large, large, large-scale Drawings on the walls.

 

Apparently, the Purpose of this show is to "show how Serra’s work has expanded the Definition of Drawing through Innovative-Techniques, Unusual-Media, Monumental-Scale, & Carefully-Conceived-Relationships to Surrounding-Spaces.”

 

As almost all the Huge-Drawings were originally conceived for Other-Spaces, it is admirable that the Met’s Curators & Exhibition-Installers have been able to provide a series of huge Empty White Voids into which to place the Serra-Drawings.

 

Site-Specific for this Met show is Serra’s Union.

 

Speaking of Union, Serra’s show also includes The United States Government Destroys Art. This was his reaction to the dis-assembly & removal of his impressive Tilted-Arc, down at Federal-Plaza in Manhattan.

 

Although Serra initially used Drawings to develop his concepts for Large-Scale Metal-Works—or Sculptures—gradually they became Autonomous, Drawings-in-their-own-Right!

 

Serra was born in San Francisco on the eve of World War II. He attended UC/Berkeley & UC/Santa Barbara, earning a BA in English-Literature.

 

What the Academic-World may have lost in Wordsworth-Scholars, it gained in Minimalist-Abstract-Artists!

 

Serra’s Solids Series is especially interesting for the "accumulation of Black-Paintstick on paper [which] is extremely dense & nearly the entire surface of the paper is covered in a layer of Viscous-Pigment.”

 

Serra’s Method is—often—to pour Melted-Paintstick onto the floor, then laying the paper on top of the Pigment, which is then bonded to the paper by pressing a hard Marking-Tool onto the back of the paper.

 

This is something you could do at home, if you have a Concrete-Surface that you can easily clean-up afterward!

 

But do not imagine that you will ever become RICHARD SERRA.

 

He is The One & Only RICHARD SERRA.

 

Major-Museums & Private-Collectors do not need or want Knock-Offs!

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