Richard Serra  (American, 1939) 

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Minimalist sculptor Richard Serra (American, b.1939) is a prominent figure in the contemporary art world, known for his large-scale sculptures created from industrial materials. Born in San Francisco, Serra studied English Literature at the University of California, Berkeley. While in school, Serra worked in steel mills to support himself, an experience which prompted his affinity for working with industrial metal. In 1961, Serra moved to Connecticut to study Fine Art at Yale University. At Yale he worked with famed faculty fellow Josef Albers (American/German, 1888–1976) on the production of Albers’s influential manifesto, the Interaction of Color. Serra’s early 1960s works were process-oriented, emphasizing the act of creation and the qualities of the material over the finished product.

His mature work grew increasingly larger in scale, and he began to prefer using Cor-Ten steel over softer materials such as lead. Many of his later works are intended to be site-specific, because the pieces challenge the viewer’s perception of a specific urban setting through the placement of Serra’s sculptures. Serra’s career was plagued by controversy in the 1980s with the installation of his undulating wall of steel, Tilted Arc, commissioned by the Arts-in-Architecture program of the U.S. General Services Administration for the Federal Plaza in New York. Serra’s sculptures are massive, demanding, and provocative, and, as a result, they are always either hated or loved; his Tilted Arc became a point of great contention in lower Manhattan. In March of 1985, a jury voted 4-1 in favor of removing the sculpture, and after several failed appeals on Serra’s behalf, the sculpture was cut up into three pieces and removed in the middle of the night in March of 1989. Although disheartened by this monumental loss, Serra’s career continued to boom with numerous commissions and periods of prolific creation. His sculptures and installations are in numerous collections worldwide. In addition to sculpting, Serra has established himself as a video artist as well as an actor, most recently appearing in Matthew Barney’s 2002 film Cremaster 3 as “the architect.”

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Richard Serra, To Bobby Sands

 

Richard Serra
To Bobby Sands
1981
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Richard Serra, Malcolm X

 

Richard Serra
Malcolm X
1981
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Richard Serra, Core

 

Richard Serra
Core
1987

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Richard Serra, Vive la Vive la

 

Richard Serra
Vive la Vive la
1989

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Richard Serra, Tujunga Blacktop

 

Richard Serra
Tujunga Blacktop
1985

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Richard Serra, Extension #1; Extension #2 (2 works)

 

Richard Serra
Extension #1; Extension #2 (2 works)
2004

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Richard Serra, Weight and Measure

 

Richard Serra
Weight and Measure
1993

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Richard Serra, Between the Torus and the Sphere I-V

 

Richard Serra
Between the Torus and the Sphere I-V
2006

Bentley Gallery
Richard Serra, Paths and Edges #9

 

Richard Serra
Paths and Edges #9
2007

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Richard Serra, Paths and Edges #12

 

Richard Serra
Paths and Edges #12, 2007
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Richard Serra, Videy Afangar #2 (Videy Afangar Series)

 

Richard Serra
Videy Afangar #2 (Videy Afangar Series), 1991
Intaglio on Hahnemühle German etching paper

 

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Richard Serra, Film Forum Print

 

Richard Serra
Film Forum Print, 1990
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1939   Born: in San Francisco, CA
1957 - 1961   B.A. at the University of California, Berkeley, CA
1964   M.A. at the Yale University, New Haven, CT
1964 - 1966   Received the Fulbright Scholarship and travelled to France and Italy
1975   Received the Skowhegan Sculpture Prize
1994   Elected Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Received the Premium Imperiale, Japan Art Association
  Lives and works in Tribeca, NY and Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia
2013   Limited Edition Prints from the Last Decade - Rosenbaum Contemporary, Boca Raton, FL
2013   His Master's Voice - Von Stimme Und Sprache - HMKV - Hartware MedienKunstVerein, Dortmund
2013   Early Work - David Zwirner, Inc., New York City, NY
2013   Vibrations - Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, IA
2013   Double Rotation - Werke aus der Sammlung Lafrenz - Weserburg | Museum für moderne Kunst, Bremen
2013   Now Here is also Nowhere: Part II - Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, WA
2013   The Whole Earth - Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin
2012   Etchings - Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, OR
2012   Richard Serra: Prints - Texas Gallery, Houston, TX
2012   Richard Serra - paperworks - Kunsthalle Rostock, Rostock
2012   "Black is Back" - Galerie Chantal Bamberger, Strasbourg
2011   Richard Serra: Works on Paper - John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2011   Richard Serra - Drawing - A Retrospective - San Francisco Museum of Modern Art - SFMOMA, San Francisco, CA
2011   Richard Serra Drawing: A Retrospective - The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, NY
2010   Richard Serra, Greenpoint Rounds, Gagosian Gallery, Roma, Italy (solo)
2009   RICHARD SERRA: Blind Spot / Open Ended, Gagosian Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
Richard Serra, Fernando Pessoa, Gagosian Gallery, London, UK (solo)
2008   Monumenta, Grand Palais, Paris, France (solo)
Richard Serra, Drawings, Gagosian Gallery, London, UK (solo)
Richard Serra, Sculpture, Gagosian Gallery, London, UK (solo)
2007   Richard Serra Sculpture: Forty Years, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY (solo)
1999   Richard Serra: New Etchings: Torqued Ellipses and Rounds, Gemini G.E.L. Los Angeles, CA (solo)
1998   Richard Serra: Rounds, Eleven New Drawings, Galerie M. Bochum, Germany (solo)
Richard Serra: Weight and Measure Drawings, Gagosian Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
Richard Serra, The Geffen Contemporary at the Museum of Contemempory Art, Los Angeles, CA (solo)
1997   Leone and Macdonald/Richard Serra, Rena Bersten Gallery San Francisco, CA
1996   Weight and Measure, Etchings and Ike and Tina: a Drawing Installation, Matthew Marks Gallery, New York, NY
Richard Serra Drawings, Galerie Nieves Fernandez, Madrid, Spain (solo)
Richard Serra: Weight and Measure Etchings, John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, CA (solo)
Richard Serra: Prints, International Biennial of Easel Graphik Kaliningrad-Konigsberg, Russia (solo)
Richard Serra: Thirteen Intaglio Prints, Gemini G.E.L., Los Angeles, CA (solo)
1995   Richard Serra: To Whom it May Concern, Matthew Marks Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
Masterworks Given by Philip Johnson, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
L'Informe; Mode d'Emploi, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
Abstraction in the Twentieth Century: Total Risk, Freedom, Discipline, Soloman R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
1994   Beyond Boundaries - Art of the 60s and 70s, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
Sculpture's Maquettes, Pace Wildenstein, New York, NY
After and Before, The Renaissance Society at the Univ. of Chicago, Chicago, IL
The Tradition of the New: Postwar Masterpieces from the Guggenheim Collection, Soloman R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
1993   The Tradition of Geometric Abstraction in American Art 1930-1990, The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
1991   Johns, Kelly, Lichtenstein, Serra: Works Loaned by the Artists in honor of Neill Rudenstein, Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
Richard Serra: Skulptur, Malmö Konsthall Malmö, Sweden (solo)
Richard Serra: The Afangar Icelandic Series, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY (solo)
1991   Richard Serra: Sculpture and Drawings, Gagosian Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1990   Image World: Art and Media Culture, The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Richard Serra:Tekeningen/Drawings, Bonnefantenmuseum Maastrict, Netherlands (solo)
Richard Serra: The Hours of the Day, Kunsthaus, Zurich, Switzerland (solo)
1989   The Linear Image: American Master Work on Paper, Marisa del Re Gallery, New York, NY
1988   Richard Serra; Graphik, Galerie Cora Hölzl, Dusseldorf, Germany (solo)
Richard Serra: Gravures Récentes, Galerie Lelong, Paris, France (solo)
1987   Richard Serra: New Editions, Pace Primitive/Prints, New York, NY (solo)
Richard Serra: Sculpture, Leo Castelli Gallery and Pace Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1985   Black: Jasper Johns, Frank Stella, Richard Serra, Akira Ikeda Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
1984   Richard Serra: Room Installation and Drawings from "Clara-Clara", Leo Castelli Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
Richard Serra: Sculpture, Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris, France
1983   Gemini G.E.L., Art and Collaboration, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
1982   A Century of Modern Drawing, The British Museum, London, UK
1981   Richard Serra: Recent Drawings, Blum Helman Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1980   Richard Serra: Elevator 1980, The Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, NY (solo)
1974   Art as Language (org. under the Int'l. Council of MOMA, NY), Museo de Arte Moderna, Bogota, Colombia
1973   Opinions and Alternatives: Some Directions in Recent Art, Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT
1971   Sixth Guggenheim International, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
1968   Primary Structure, Minimal pop Art, Anti-Form, Galerie Ricke Kassel, Germany
1966   From Arp to Arschwager 1, Noah Goldowsky Gallery, New York, NY
  The National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
  Tate Britain, London (England)
  Tate Modern, London (England)
  Dia: Beacon, Beacon, NY
  The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth, TX
  Los Angeles County Museum of Art - LACMA, Los Angeles, CA
  MoMA - Museum of Modern Art, New York City, NY
  Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York City, NY
  Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City, NY
  Museo D'Arte Contemporanea Donna Regina - MADRE, Naples, Italy
  The Museum of Contemporary Art Oslo, Oslo, Norway
  Museu d´Art Contemporani de Barcelona - MACBA, Barcelona, Spain
  Museo Guggenheim de Arte Moderno y Contemporáneo, Bilbao, Spain
  Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin, Germany
  Museum Folkwang Essen, Essen, Germany
  ZKM | Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe, Germany
  Museum gegenstandsfreier Kunst, Otterndorf, Germany
  Kiasma - Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland
  MAMAC - Musee d´Art Moderne et d`Art Contemporain Nice, Nice, France
  CAPC - Musée d'art contemporain, Bordeaux, France
  LaM - Lille Métropole musée d'art moderne, d'art contemporain et d'art brut, Villeneuve d'Ascq, France
  Albertina, Vienna, Austria
  Generali Foundation, Vienna, Astria
  Musée d´art contemporain de Montréal, Montreal, QC, Canada
  Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC, Canada
  Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Denmark