One of the most significant artists of his generation, Richard Serra has produced large-scale, site-specific sculptures for architectural, urban, and landscape settings spanning the globe, from Iceland to New Zealand. Born in 1938 in San Francisco, Serra lives and works in New York and on the North Fork of Long Island.
His first solo exhibition in New York was held at the Leo Castelli Warehouse in 1969, followed, in 1970, by his first solo museum exhibition at the Pasadena Art Museum, California. Serra’s sculptures and drawings have been celebrated with two retrospectives at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, 20 years apart: Richard Serra/Sculpture (1986) and Richard Serra Sculpture: Forty Years (2007). He has had solo exhibitions at the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (1977–78); Centre Pompidou, Paris (1983–84); Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid (1992) and Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli, Naples, Italy (2004). In 2005 The Matter of Time (1994–2005), a series of eight large-scale works, was installed permanently at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Spain.
For Monumenta 2008, the major site-specific installation Promenade was shown at the Grand Palais, Paris. In 2014 the Qatar Museums Authority presented a two-venue retrospective survey of Serra’s work, and East-West/West-East (2014) was permanently installed in the Brouq Nature Reserve, Zekreet, Qatar. In 2017 the Museum Wiesbaden, Germany, presented Richard Serra: Props, Films, Early Works; an overview of Serra’s work in film and video was shown at the Kunstmuseum Basel; and recent drawings were featured at the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen.
Serra has been awarded the title of Honorary Royal Academician, Chevalier de l’Ordre national de la Légion d’honneur and the J. Paul Getty Medal, among many other honours.
Photograph courtesy Richard Serra © Matthew Sumner