Richard Serra: Steel on Paper

Richard Serra- Works on Paper- Zane Bennett Contemporary Art- Santa Fe New Mexico
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It takes radical alchemy to imbue paper with the physicality of steel. Richard Serra (b. 1939) does just that in his etching Paths and Edges #13.  In the early 1970’s, around the same time that he took up printmaking, Serra created his first monumental steel sculptures. The decades-spanning series would come to define post-war, Post-Minimalist art. Sculptors often use printmaking to conceptualize work, but Serra makes prints in reaction to his completed sculptures. The artist sees the practice as “…a method for me to bring sculpture to definition, i.e., to understand the work in totality after its completion.” That’s how his prints so viscerally capture the simultaneous motion and inertia of his monolithic sculptures. Scroll down to view Paths and Edges #13 from the Zane Bennett Contemporary Art collection.

Image: Richard Serra by Christopher Felver, silver gelatin print

Richard Serra
Paths and Edges #13
Etching on buff Lanaquarelle watercolor paper
23.5 x 35.25 in
2007

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