Houston

Richard Serra, Untitled, 1972–1973, lithographic crayon on paper, 37 3/4 x 49 3/4".

Richard Serra, Untitled, 1972–1973, lithographic crayon on paper, 37 3/4 x 49 3/4".

Houston

Richard Serra Drawing: A Retrospective

The Menil Collection
1533 Sul Ross Street
March 2–June 10, 2012

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue
April 13–August 28, 2011

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
151 Third Street
October 15, 2011–January 17, 2012

Curated by Bernice Rose, Michelle White, and Gary Garrels

Richard Serra has described his sculptural practice as being grounded in drawing: Drawing as “cut” represents the division of a sheet by a line—and, in turn, of actual space by the edge of a steel plate. He has also approached drawing as a relentless, heavy application of medium—generally black paint stick—to support. And the huge “installation drawings,” which occupy whole walls, seize control of one’s sensation of the space of a room. Organized by the Menil Collection, Houston, this first full-scale retrospective of Serra’s drawings features roughly fifty pieces, including some made specifically for the show. It may well afford us an alternate history of the artist’s career.