Richard Serra

Richard Serra, Ramble 4–26, 2015, litho crayon and pastel powder on paper, 35 1/2 × 36 3/4 inches unframed (90.2 × 93.3 cm) © Richard Serra. Photo by Rob McKeever

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, the University of California, Santa Barbara, and Yale University, Connecticut. Serra’s 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 numerous solo and group exhibitions in Europe, the United States, and Latin America. Recent solo museum exhibitions include The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao (1999); “Weight and Measure Drawings,” American Academy in Rome, Italy (2000); “Sculpture and Drawing by Richard Serra,” The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, St. Louis (2003); “Focus Installation,” St. Louis Museum of Art, Missouri (2003); Museo Archeologico Nazionale, Naples, Italy (2004); “The Matter of Time,” Museo Guggenheim Bilbao, Spain (2005); “Richard Serra Sculpture: Forty Years,” Museum of Modern Art, New York (2007); “Druckgrafik, Zeichnung/Prints, Drawings,” Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Siegen, Germany (2008); “Paperworks,” Museum Pfalzgalerie Kaiserslautern, Germany (2011; traveled to Kunsthalle Rostock, Germany); “Richard Serra Drawing: A Retrospective,” The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (2011; traveled to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, California; and The Menil Collection, Houston through 2012); “Sight Lines: Richard Serra’s Drawings for Twain,” St. Louis Art Museum, Missouri (2014); Qatar Museum Authority, Qatar (2014); and “Waxing Arcs,” Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, Netherlands (2014).

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

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