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An exhibit of prints by American artist Richard Serra will be on view at the Colby College Museum of Art in Waterville October 25 through December 22. Richard Serra: Prints From the Collection of Paul J. Schupf will open with a reception at the museum from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, October 25. The opening will be held in conjunction with the opening for Afterlife: Asian Tomb and Ritual Art from the Colby Collection. The reception is open to the public.
While best known as a prominent, modern sculptor, Serra began making prints in 1972 and has produced more than 150 in his career. Richard Serra: Prints From the Collection of Paul J. Schupf features 13 prints on loan from art collector and Colby trustee Schupf. The pieces include the 1972 lithograph Spoleto, two 1985 screen prints with paint stick from the series Clara Clara, and nine etchings created in 1991 and 1999. The works, which use three different techniques, show the range of Serra’s evolution as a printmaker over three decades. A selection of videos made by the artist in the 1960s will be screened in the galleries for the duration of the exhibition.
Serra’s prints are characteristically large, geometric in form, black and monolithic. “The large-scale dimensions of this body of his work is more the exception than the rule in printmaking,” said Daniel Rosenfeld, the Carolyn M. Muzzy Director of the musem. “Serra pushes the limits of printmaking technology, while affirming the physical presence of the print.”
This exhibit is not the first appearance of Serra’s work at the Colby museum. Serra designed the monumental, 90-ton steel sculpture 4-5-6 for the Paul J. Schupf Sculpture Court at the museum’s entrance. The museum also owns a screen print, an etching and a paint stick drawing by the artist. Rosenfeld said, “The prominence of Serra’s work in our collection is an important impetus for this exhibition. We hope visitors will come away with a greater understanding of Serra’s work.”
Colby museum hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is free, and the museum is accessible to persons with disabilities. For information call 207-872-3228 or visit www.colby.edu/museum.