Richard Serra @ Courtauld


The Courtauld Gallery is well known for its collection of impressive impressionist paintings. The images are easy on the eye and mostly made up of delicate colour patterns. However, a room has now been devoted to a series of monochrome images by Richard Serra which changes the ambiance of the whole gallery.

Richard Serra is an American sculptor. These two dimensional images are a far cry from his three dimensional work, however, they do not seem flat. Not at all. Black crayon is splattered across plastic sheets which seem to move with the light. The work is heavily textured, but it is done in a way that is tremendously subtle. It speaks volumes without having to shout.

The work may not exactly ‘fit in’ with everything else hanging on the Courtauld’s walls, but perhaps the stark difference is what is needed for us to truly appreciate the twelve drawings on display.

It is different but in a good way.

Richard Serra: Drawings for the Courtauld is on display until 12 January 2014

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Lizzy Vartanian Collier aka Gallery Girl is a writer and curator based in London. Her work has been featured in publications including Dazed, Hyperallergic and Vogue Arabia. She was curator of Perpetual Movement during AWAN Festival 2018 and in 2019 had a residency at the Lab at Darat Al Funun in Amman, Jordan. She has also worked with Armenia Art Fair for its inaugural edition and previously worked as an editor at I.B.Tauris Publishers. In 2019 she co-founded Arsheef, Yemen’s first contemporary art gallery. She has given workshops at Manara Culture in Amman, Jordan and Victoria and Albert Museum in London, UK. As of 2020 she is currently in law school, with the ambition of greater understanding the intersection between art and the law.

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