Richard Serra (American, b. 1938), published by Gemini G.E.L.
Etching, . Gift of The Print Club of Cleveland in honor of Brenda and Evan H. Turner 1993.219
Between 1989 and 1990, Serra created Afangar, a sculpture on Videy Island, a barren mass off the coast of Reykjavik, Iceland. Afangar, which consists of eighteen thin slabs of indigenous basalt installed in pairs, acted as a catalyst for Serra's production of a group of prints that he considers among his most significant work on paper. Although these were Serra's first etchings, he workedunconventionally, biting thick plates to a depth of 1/16 of an inch. The plates were heavily inked so that the resultingprints have a rich, black, dense, rough surface that evokesIceland's unique landscape. "Piles of lava strata extend to the horizon," describes the artist. "There are no trees. Continuous glacial erosion and volcanic eruptions make for a diversity of geological formations: craters, fissures, fjords.... I was completely taken by the strangeness of the land."
MOCA Cleveland (1/20/2006 - 5/7/2006): "Drawn, Exposed, and Impressed: Recent Works on Paper from the Cleveland Museum of Art," no catalogue.The Cleveland Museum of Art (3/22/2015 - 7/26/2015); "Fresh Prints: The Nineties to Now"
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