In advance of the upcoming exhibition, Richard Serra: Prints, two articles appear in the Nasher Sculpture Center's publication, “The Nasher,” highlighting Serra and his work. The exhibit, drawn from the collections of Portland-based art collector Jordan D. Schnitzer and the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation, will provide viewers with a greater understanding of how the artist transitioned between methods (lithography, silkscreen, etching), experimented with materials and scale, and created works that lay bare the process of printmaking.
In the first article, Leigh Arnold, Ph.D., Assistant Curator at the Nasher Sculpture Center, discusses the artist’s ingenuity in pushing the boundaries of traditional methods and techniques.
"While there is an obvious relationship to his drawings as works in two dimensions, Serra considers his prints to be distinct for their specific relation to the mechanical process. He has described drawing specifically for printmaking and how it inevitably transforms the work: 'Oftentimes the spontaneity of the line is lost, or the ink will mottle or blot a form that was unintended.'"
In the second article, Brandon Kennedy, artist & Nasher member, explores the experience of viewing the artist’s portfolio of work.
“… within the multi-faceted graphic work of Serra, we can employ various ways of looking: the heroics and intimacies of scale call us back into the sculptural, while Serra’s inventiveness with mark-making and media evoke a linear tracing of spatial relationships commonly found in his drawing."
The exhibit will be on view from January 28 – April 30, 2017 at the Nasher Sculpture Center, with a Member Preview on January 27th, from 7:00 - 9:00 PM.