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 Richard Serra  (1939 - )

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Lived/Active: New York/California      Known for: site-specific geometric sculpure

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Known for large-scale steel sculpture of geometric designs, Richard Serra has created site-specific pieces that make three-dimensional designs in space.  He has also made wall reliefs and floor sculpture from flexible materials that suggest organic shapes.  He is committed to the idea of utilizing quality materials and to the concept that process is as important as the final result.

Serra was born in San Francisco and attended college at Berkeley and Santa Barbara, majoring in English Literature.  He studied art at Yale University, earning a B.F.A. and an M.F.A. in 1964.  There he worked with Josef Albers and came into contact with many leading artists of the New York School (Abstract Expressionists).  He also had a job working in a steel plant, which had lasting influence on his career.  On a Fulbright Scholarship, he studied in France and Italy.  In 1977, he married Clara Wyergraf.

In addition to steel as a medium for his sculptures, Serra has utilized rubber belts, neon tubes, molten lead, and large metal slabs.  In 1968 he made his first Splash-piece, where molten lead was thrown against the point at which floor and wall meet.  His 'Prop series" began around 1969 and involved placing large lead sheets against each other, several yards apart, or hung from ceilings.

Many of his pieces are enormous three-dimensional configurations from steel beams and steel plates.  His goal is to "create a 'field force . . . so that space is discerned physically rather than optically' " (Baigell, 323).

Based in New York City, Serra has traveled extensively to oversee his numerous site-specific sculptures including one for Videy Island near Reykjavik, Iceland. Consisting of nine pairs of basalt columns along the periphery of the island, it has been the most time consuming of his works.  He also spends several months a year on Cape Breton island in Nova Scotia "to fill up the reservoir."

Sources include:
Matthew Baigell, "Dictionary of American Art"
Peter Falk, "Who Was Who in American Art"

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