Richard Serra is an American artist known primarily for his large-scale outdoor sculptures made of sheet metal and for his avant garde video work. His work is in the permanent collections of such institutions as the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, and the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). He has been the recipient of many awards and fellowships, including France's prestigious Légion d’honneur, awarded to him in 2015. Although Richard Serra studied painting at Yale University, his choice of sheet metal as a medium may have had its genesis in his having worked in steel mills to support himself while doing his undergraduate work at UC Berkeley and UC Santa Barbara. Richard Serra also cites his father's having worked in a shipyard as an early influence. He initially worked with molten lead, hurling or rolling it to create various effects. This was classified as "process-based" artwork, hence his association with the Process Art movement, which prioritized the process of creating artwork over the product of the finished piece. He eventually moved on to his preferred medium of steel sheet metal, usually in staggeringly large proportions (indeed, a worker was accidentally killed in 1971 while installing the piece Sculpture No, 3 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, when a steel plate weighing two tons fell and crushed him). Richard Serra's style is minimalist, using simple but bold shapes to indicate concepts in a broad and symbolic way; the viewer's mind can fill in the details to find a personal interpretation of the message. The large scale of Richard Serra’s work ensures that the impression made is powerful and timeless, and his installations, which tend to be site-specific, often allow and encourage the viewer to walk around or through the piece, gaining a unique perspective by contemplating its immensity from close range and even from within. Less
Richard Serra is an American artist known primarily for his large-scale outdoor sculptures made of sheet metal and for his avant garde video work. His work is in the permanent collections of such institutions as the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain More
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