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Exhibition at Gagosian gallery until 2nd April 2016
Best known for his monumental sculptures made of steel, Richard Serra (born 1938) delights us this time with a series of abstract drawings titled: “Rambles”. Yet the practice of drawing is nothing new in the work of the American artist who religiously devotes a few hours each morning to practicing.
Richard Serra uses a lithographic pencil (grease pencil made from soot or copal), sometimes melting it, to blacken the pages of Japanese paper – or more exactly to bring light out of the pages. Some of his drawings are reminiscent of Giuseppe Penone’s tree prints or Jean Dubuffet’s series of textured soils. The repetition of the same process surprisingly produces a wide variety of results, leaving the imprint of an experience renewable to infinity. A meditation on black and white.
A critic’s choice!
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