The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
April 13 – August 28, 2011
1000 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY
+1 212 535 7710

The first retrospective of the drawings of American contemporary artist Richard Serra is on show at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Richard Serra Drawing: A Retrospective traces the crucial role that drawing has played in Richard Serra’s work for more than 40 years. Although Serra is well known for his large-scale and site-specific sculptures, his work has also changed the practice of drawing. This major exhibition will show how Serra’s work has expanded the definition of drawing through innovative techniques, unusual media, monumental scale, and carefully conceived relationships to surrounding spaces. Featured will be 60 works from the 1970s to the present, including many loans from important European and American collections, as well as several large-scale works completed specifically for this presentation.

Richard Serra Drawing: A Retrospective follows the artist’s investigation of drawing as
an activity both independent from and linked to his sculptural practice. The exhibition
begins with his drawings from the early 1970s, when he drew primarily on paper with ink,
charcoal, lithographic crayon, and black paintstick—a crayon comprised of a mixture of
pigment, oil, and wax. Over time, his drawings increased in scale and evolved into
autonomous works of art that challenged the notion of drawing as preparatory work.