b. 1939, San Francisco, CA
Richard Serra’s two most utilized materials are lead and steel. One of the artist’s most famous early works involved throwing lead against the walls of his studio. The significance of the project was not the finished work, but the process itself. In addition, Serra’s constructions made from large rolls and sheets of COR-TEN-steel are recognizable around the world. Each structure emphasizes the artist’s fascination with principles of supporting, leaning, and balance.
Separately, Serra's drawings and prints (intended to be autonomous from his sculptures) explore the perceptual possibilities suggested by his sculptural work. Conveying a sense of weight, instability, and potential motion, Serra's graphic works possess a physical presence that provokes reactions similar to those experienced in the presence of his sculptures.
SELECTED PUBLIC COLLECTIONS
Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY
Art Institute of Chicago, IL
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC
The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY