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Richard Serra’s massive sculpture, 4,5,6, in the Paul J. Schupf Sculpture Court, ushers visitors to the main entrance of the Colby College Museum of Art. Beginning this month, Serra’s vast, two-dimensional prints will be exhibited inside, introducing viewers to another side of the renowned artist. Richard Serra: Large Scale Prints, on view February 24 though April 24, brings 37 prints executed between 1972 and 2001 together into an exhibition that was called “dazzling” by the Boston Globe.
Serra is among the most ambitious, influential, and challenging artists working today. He produces sculpture and two-dimensional works that are rigorously abstract, unsentimental, and physically and aesthetically confrontational. Since Serra began making prints in 1972, he has used various media to produce more than 150 works that parallel his monumental, site-specific steel sculptures.
Serra’s work is in the collection of virtually every major museum. His recent group of works — the torqued ellipses — was shown at The Dia Center for the Arts in New York, The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, and the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain. In 1986 a retrospective of his work was held at The Museum of Modern Art, New York. In 2001, Serra exhibited a new series of spirals at the Venice Biennale and received the prestigious Golden Lion for lifetime achievement.
This exhibition of prints is principally drawn from the collection of Colby Trustee Paul J. Schupf. Like the sculpture that frames the museum’s entrance, the prints are large, tactile, and aggressive. The exhibition was organized by the Addison Gallery of American Art in Andover, Mass.
The Colby College Museum of Art is open 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free, and the museum is accessible to people with disabilities.
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