This exhibition will showcase the prints of contemporary icon Richard Serra. Best known for his large scale public sculpture, Serra has consistently maintained a practice in related media including film, drawing, and printmaking. The exhibition features his earliest graphic attempts in lithography from 1972 through more recent works created in 2015.
Many of Serra's prints are directly related to specific (earlier) sculptural pieces. In several of these works, the images function as sketches of the physical experience of the sculpture in relation to the body. In others, Serra resolves the visual possibilities of the sculpture as the body moves in space. In either case, the two-dimensional black and white images, in their utter simplicity, evoke the complex tectonic attributes of his steel sculptures such as weight, compression, stasis, mass, and tension.
This exhibition will also include autonomous prints dedicated to social and political themes, topics and figures of the moral majority, Jesse Helms, and Irish hunger-striker Bobby Sands.
The Fralin Museum of Art's programming is generously supported by The Joseph and Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation.
Support for this exhibition and related educational and outreach programs has been made possible by a grant from the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation. This exhibition was made possible by a generous gift from The Fralin Museum Volunteer Board. We also wish to thank our in-kind donors: WTJU 91.1 FM and Ivy Publications LLC's Charlottesville Welcome Book.