14 MARCH – 30 APRIL 2024
Richard Serra, Casablanca #2, 2022
Oilstick, ink and silica, edition of 27, 152,4 x 167,6 cm
© Richard Serra / Courtesy Galerie Lelong & Co. and Gemini G.E.L.

Richard Serra (b. 1939, San Francisco) is one of the most important sculptors of the 21st century.

"Casablanca" (2022) is a suite of six graphic works produced in close collaboration with master printer Xavier Fumat at the Gemini G.E.L. workshop in Los Angeles. These prints are spectacular in their size and sculptural quality. The artist and the workshop have pushed the limits of what a large, thick sheet of paper, almost entirely covered in black matter, can bear. Playing with the idea of weight and balance on paper, these monumental etchings are presented in a frame designed by the artist, without glass or plexiglass.

More than their size, it is their exceptional material that impresses and even fascinates. Highly textured, made with a mixture of hand-applied oil-based ink, etching ink and silica, they are, from a sculptor’s perspective, another facet of the "outrenoir" ("beyond black") experiment conducted by the French painter Pierre Soulages (1919-2022).