Richard Serra

RICHARD SERRA, Backdoor Pipeline, 2010, weatherproof steel, 149 5/8 x 598 1/2 x 153 1/2 inches (380 x 1520 x 390 cm). Photo by Mike Bruce

Richard Serra Listed Exhibitions (97 Kb)
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Richard Serra was born in 1938 in San Francisco, California. He studied at the University of California (Berkeley and Santa Barbara) and at Yale University. His first solo gallery exhibitions were held at Galleria La Salita, Rome (1966), and at the Leo Castelli Warehouse, New York (1969).

His first solo museum exhibition was presented at Pasadena Art Museum (1970). Serra’s work has since been the subject of in numerous solo museum exhibitions, including those at Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (1977); Centre Pompidou, Paris (1984); Museum of Modern Art, New York (1986 and 2007); among many others in Europe, the U.S., and Latin America. A traveling survey of Serra’s drawings was on view in 2011–12 at Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and Menil Collection, Houston.

Serra has participated in several Documenta exhibitions (Kassel, 1972, 1977, 1982, and 1987), and in the Venice Biennales of 1980, 1984, 2001, and 2013. In 2005, eight large-scale works were permanently installed at Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. In 2014, Serra installed a major permanent landscape sculpture in the desert of the Brouq Nature Reserve in western Qatar. Serra was awarded Les Insignes de Chevalier de l’Ordre national de la Légion d’honneur, France’s highest government honor, in 2015.

Serra lives and works in New York and Nova Scotia, Canada.