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Serra/Seurat. Drawings
Past exhibition

French artist Georges Seurat (b. 1859; d. 1891), the pioneer of the Pointillist pictorial movement, took drawing to new heights that ensured him a place among the great masters of the technique. It was not only his contemporaries who admired his works on paper. They have also been venerated by later artists, like American Richard Serra (b. 1938), who considers drawing an autonomous language which he subjects to new processes, experimenting with it in different formats and materials. This exhibition presents works produced by both artists in the medium, evidencing their enormous artistic value.

Something apparently so simple as a piece of paper acquires great transcendence in Seurat’s drawings, as it becomes an element that determines the work in a certain way. The artist feels the material to the point where he makes it talk. What distinguishes great masters is this knowledge of the support, which Seurat almost brings alive, allowing it to absorb exactly the right amount of Conté in each case to create lights, volumes, and contrasts.

Likewise, Richard Serra discovered in his formative period that “procedure [is] dictated by the material,” which imposes “its own form on the form.” In his Ramble Drawings series, begun in 2015, the artist revels in the support, a hand- made Japanese paper in which every fiber generates a different accident that is integrated by Serra in his work. In this way, no Ramble resembles any other owing to the artist’s manner of marking the paper and because every sheet differs from all the rest.

Curators: Lucía Agirre, curator, Museo Guggenheim Bilbao, and Judith Benhamou, independent curator and art writer.

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Catalogue of the exhibition Serra/Seurat. Drawings

Illustrated catalogue featuring the works in the show, as well as three essays contributed by the exhibition curators about Georges Seurat’s and Richard Serra’s consideration of drawing as an artistic end in itself, imbuing it with innovative characteristics and taking it to new levels.
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