25.75 х 39 in. (65.4 x 99.06 cm.)
Signed, by the artist in pencil, numbered and dated (verso). With publisher's chop mark.
Foundry/Publisher Gemini G.E.L.
A beautifully textured print, never framed, in excellent condition.
Richard Serra (American, b. 1939) is a Minimalist sculptor 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 at Yale University. At Yale he worked with faculty fellow Josef Albers 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 large in scale, and he began to prefer using Cor-Ten steel over softer materials such as lead. Many of his later works are site-specific. Serra’s work attracted controversy in the 1980s when he created “Tilted Arc,” commissioned by the Arts-in-Architecture program of the U.S. General Services Administration for the Federal Plaza in New York. 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 1989. Although disheartened by the loss, Serra would undertake other commissions. 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.” He has received a Fulbright Scholarship and the Skowhegan Sculpture Prize, and in 1994 was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He lives and works in New York, NY and Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia.
Selected Public Collections:
Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Spain
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA
Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY