Richard Serra Drawing: A Retrospective

Richard Serra Drawing: A Retrospective

Edited by Gary Garrels, Bernice Rose, and Michelle White, with additional contributions by Lizzie Borden, Magdalena Dabrowski, Richard Serra, and Richard Shiff
9 3/4 × 12 inches
230 pages

Published 2011


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This volume provides the first critical retrospective of the drawings of Richard Serra (b. 1939). Over the last 40 years the artist has received international acclaim for his unprecedented sculptural forms; his transformative drawings, while lesser known, are equally important to the discussion of art after modernism. Experiential, conceptual, and perceptual, they have played a fundamental role in reshaping and redefining the medium. Featuring interviews with the artists, original scholarly texts, and more than 80 quadratone plates printed in rich blacks and ranging from his early work with charcoal and graphite to his large-scale, paintstick-on-linen pieces, this publication examine Serra’s investigation of drawing as an activity both independent from and linked to his sculptural practice. Includes a drawing chronology, comprehensive exhibition history, and selected bibliography.

About the Authors
Gary Garrels is the Elise S. Haas senior curator of painting and sculpture at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. He curated the Brice Marden Retrospective of 2007, and his essays have appeared in, among others, Oranges and Sardines: Conversations on Abstract Painting (2009) and Eden’s Edge: Fifteen L. A. Artists (2007).

Bernice Rose is chief curator emerita of the Menil Drawing Institute. She has contributed to many publications, including Logical Conclusions: 40 Years of Rule-Based Art (2005) and Picasso: 200 Masterpieces for 1898 to 1872 (2002) and curated the groundbreaking Drawing Now in 1976 at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Michelle White is curator at the Menil Collection. She recently co-curated Barnett Newman: The Late Work (2015) and curated Lee Bontecou: Drawn Worlds (2014) and was a principal contributor to both catalogues.

Lizzie Borden is a filmmaker and writer based in Los Angeles.

Magdalena Dabrowski is a special consultant for modern and contemporary art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. She co-authored American Matisse: The Dealer, His Artists, His Collection (2010).

Richard Shiff is the Effie Marie Cain Regents Chair in Art and director the Center for the Study of Modernism at the University of Texas at Austin. A prolific writer, his essays frequently appear in exhibition catalogues and anthologies.