Richard Serra

Richard Serra, Through, 2015. forged steel, three slabs, overall: 9’ 2” × 29’ 6” × 92“ (2.8 m × 9 m × 234.3 cm) © Richard Serra. Photo by Christian Mascaro

Richard Serra Listed Exhibitions (96 Kb)
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Richard Serra is one of the most significant artists of his generation. He has produced large-scale, site-specific sculptures for architectural, urban and landscape settings spanning the globe, from Iceland to New Zealand. Serra’s first solo gallery exhibitions were held at Galleria La Salita, Rome, in 1966, and at the Leo Castelli Warehouse, New York, in 1969. His first solo museum exhibition was presented at Pasadena Art Museum in 1970.

Richard Serra was born in 1938 in San Francisco, California. He studied at the University of California, Berkeley; University of California, Santa Barbara; and Yale University, Connecticut. Serra’s bodies of work in sculpture and drawing have been celebrated with retrospectives at The Museum of Modern Art twenty years apart: “Richard Serra/Sculpture,” (1986) and “Richard Serra Sculpture Forty Years,” (2007). Other major recent exhibitions include The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao (1999); American Academy in Rome, Italy (2000); The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, St. Louis (2003); Saint Louis Art Museum, Missouri (2003, 2014); Museo Archeologico Nazionale, Italy (2004); Museo Guggenheim Bilbao, Spain (2005); Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Germany (2008); Museum Pfalzgalerie Kaiserslautern, Germany (2011, traveled to Kunsthalle Rostock, Germany); The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (2011, traveled to San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, California; and The Menil Collection, Houston, through 2012); Qatar Museum Authority, Qatar (2014); and Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, The Netherlands (2014).

Since 1983, Gagosian has presented more than twenty–five major exhibitions of Serra's work in the U.S. and Europe, including “Intersection II” (Gagosian New York, 1993); “Switch,” (Gagosian New York, 1999); “Wake Blindspot Catwalk Vice–Versa,” (Gagosian New York, 2003); “Junction/Cycle,” (Gagosian New York, 2011); “Drawings,” (Gagosian Paris, 2011–12); “Double Rifts,” (Gagosian Beverly Hills, 2013); “New Sculpture,” (Gagosian New York, 2013–14); “BACKDOOR PIPELINE, RAMBLE, DEAD LOAD, LONDON CROSS,” and “DRAWING,” (Gagosian London, 2014–15); “Ramble Drawings,” Gagosian New York, 2015); and “Ramble Drawings,” Gagosian Paris, 2016).

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 2015, Serra was awarded Les Insignes de Chevalier de l’Ordre national de la Légion d’honneur, France.

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