Sidonie Sawyer, contributor to the Huffington Post, recently visited the Richard Serra: Prints exhibition at the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas, TX and profiled the artist's journey to making art, specifically large-scale prints and sculptures.
Starting with prints in 1972, Serra used his drawings as a way to to envision a finished sculpture. At first, he used ink and charcoal on paper before realizing that each drawing was a piece of art in itself and moving on to more inventive ways to transfer pigment to paper.
Drawn from the collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and his Family Foundation, Richard Serra: Prints is a comprehensive retrospective of Serra’s work in printmaking, from his first lithographs in 1972, through his Reversals series of 2015. The exhibition provides viewers with a greater understanding of how Serra transitioned between methods (lithography, silkscreen, etching), experimented with materials and scale, and created works that lay bare the process of printmaking. Visitors to the exhibition can also see Serra's monumental Cor-Ten steel sculpture My Curves Are Not Mad (1987) in the Nasher Garden, as well as his Cor-Ten steel prop piece Inverted House of Cards (1969-70) in the gallery alongside Serra's prints.