Update: We've been informed that Richard Serra's site-specific installation will be up for the duration of the exhibit (through June 10).
Richard Serra is pretty famous, but even art know-it-alls may be unaware of his non-sculptural production, which is showcased in "Richard Serra Drawing: A Retrospective."
"It's the first retrospective devoted to Richard Serra's drawings," says show co-curator and Menil Collection curator Michelle White.
"Being one of the most important living artists in the world, it's an aspect of his production that's not as well known. Most people understand his large-scale steel sculptures. This is very different."
The exhibit -- which has shown in New York City at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art -- makes its final U.S. stop at the Menil. A grand opening preview on March 1 will feature a book signing and a conversation between Serra and White. (Bernice Rose, the chief curator emerita of the Menil Drawing Institute and Study Center, co-curated the show.)
The exhibition compiles more than 80 pieces that includes works in charcoal, ink and lithographic crayon on paper. Additionally, as White chronicled to Art Attack late last year, Serra will create one of his original installation drawings on a wall of the Menil, which will then hang for a month.
To create the drawings, Serra uses a self-invented technique that features the artist pouring melted paintstick on a table, placing wire mesh or a screen on top of the goo and coating the pigment to the back of an oversized piece of paper.
"Richard Serra Drawing: A Retrospective" opens with a series of preview events on Thursday, March 1. Serra will sign copies of the exhibition catalog from 5 to 6 p.m. before his sit-down conversation with Michelle White from 6 to 7. Then, the exhibition preview opening reception takes place from 7 to 9.
The exhibit will remain on display from March 2 to June 10. For more information, check out the Menil Collection website.
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