United States of America, 1939
Best known for his curving, steel sculptures of monumental size, Serra explores the relationship between artwork, site, and viewer. His maze-like installations dominate the viewer with the strength and classic foundations of minimalism by showcasing the materiality of the steel medium. By encouraging movement in and around his sculptures, Serra‘s work alters the viewer’s perceptions of space and proportion. Serra has also made large-scale drawings on handmade paper or linen using various techniques since the early 1970’s. These drawings experiment with new processes and applications while continuing to emphasize the loaded relationship between weight and gravity.
Born in San Francisco, California in 1939, Serra attended Yale with classmates Frank Stella, Chuck Close, and Nancy Graves. Serra had his first solo exhibitions at the Galleria La Salita, Rome, 1966, and in the United States at the Leo Castelli Warehouse, New York. In 1993, Serra was named a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Serra has also received the President’s Medal from the Architectural League of New York. In 2015, he received France’s premier award, the Insignes de Chevalier de l’Ordre national de la Légion d’honneur. He is also a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the Akademie der Künste, as well as Commandeur de L'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in France.
Serra's work is in numerous private collections and international museums including the Museum of Modern Art and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, Eli Broad, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Carnegie Museum of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao. The artist lives and works in New York, and on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia.