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Richard Serra : biography

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Bramme for the Ruhr-District, 1998 at Essen Sea Level (South-West part), [[Zeewolde, Netherlands]] Richard Serra (born November 2, 1939) is an American minimalist sculptor and video artist known for working with large-scale assemblies of sheet metal. Serra was involved in the Process Art Movement. He lives and works in Tribeca, New York, and on Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia.

Early life and education

Serra was born in San Francisco as the second of three sons.Sean O'Hagan (October 5, 2008), The Guardian. His father, Tony, was a Spanish native of Mallorca. His mother, Gladys, was a Russian Jewish immigrant from Odessa (she committed suicide in 1979).Deborah Solomon (October 8, 1989), New York Times. La Nueva España He went on to study English literature at the University of California, Berkeley and later at the University of California, Santa Barbara between 1957 and 1961. While at Santa Barbara, he studied art with Howard Warshaw and Rico Lebrun. On the West Coast, he helped support himself by working in steel mills, which was to have a strong influence on his later work. Serra discussed his early life and influences in an interview in 1993. He described the San Francisco shipyard where his father worked as a pipe-fitter as another important influence to his work, saying of his early memory: “All the raw material that I needed is contained in the reserve of this memory which has become a reoccurring dream.”

Serra studied painting in the M.F.A. program at the Yale University School of Art and Architecture between 1961 and 1964. Fellow Yale Art and Architecture alumni of the 1960s include the painters, photographers, and sculptors Brice Marden, Chuck Close, Nancy Graves,( Gary Hudson) and Robert Mangold. He claims to have taken most of his inspiration from the artists who taught there, most notably Philip Guston and the experimental composer Morton Feldman. With Albers, he worked on his book Interaction of Color (1963). Guggenheim Collection. He continued his training abroad, spending a year each in Florence and Paris. In 1964, he was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship for Rome, where he lived and worked with his first wife, sculptor Nancy Graves. Since then, he has lived in New York, where he first used rubber in 1966 and began applying his characteristic work material lead in 1968. In New York, his circle of friends included Carl Andre, Walter De Maria, Eva Hesse, Sol LeWitt, and Robert Smithson. At one point, to fund his art, Serra started a furniture-removals business, Low-Rate Movers, and employed Chuck Close, Philip Glass, Spalding Gray, and others.Karen Rosenberg (May 17, 2007), New York Magazine.

Serra married art historian Clara Weyergraf in 1981. He is the brother of famed San Francisco trial attorney Tony Serra.


Serra's work can be found in many international public and private collections, including the Museum of Modern Art and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art,Suzanne Muchnic (January 13, 2008), Los Angeles Times. and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Since the early 1970s, Serra has completed many private commissions, most of them funded by European patrons. Private commissions in the United States include sculptures for Eli Broad,Kevin West (June 2009), W Magazine. Jeffrey Brotman,Hilarie M. Sheets (March 27, 2009), Decking the Halls - Susan and Jeff Brotman have hung their stellar collection in a light-filled house, Art+Auction. Peggy and Ralph Burnet (To Whom It May Concern, 1995),Julie Brener (March 27, 2009), Minnesota Modern, Art+Auction. Gil Freisen, Alan Gibbs (Te Tuhirangi Contour, 1999-2001), Ivan Reitman,Bob Colacello (April 1995), Vanity Fair. Steven H. Oliver (Snake Eyes and Boxcar, 1990–93),Kenneth Baker (March 27, 2009), The Man Who Can, Art+Auction. and Mitchell Rales.

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