RICHARD SERRA
Born 1939, San Francisco, California; lives in New York, New York, and Cape Breton, Nova Scotia

For more than thirty years, Richard Serra has created sculptures and public installations known for their physicality and investigation of the qualities and processes of industrial materials, particularly steel and lead. Early sculptures consist of molten lead splashed into or cast from the juncture where walls meet the floor, and massive slabs of steel propped against one another, held in balance by the forces of gravity and weight. In his series of Torqued Ellipses from the mid- to late 1990s, enormous plates of rolled steel are twisted at various angles then abutted to create semi-enclosed spaces that induce a destabilizing experience of space, volume, movement, and time. His site-specific public sculpture Tilted Arc (1981) was the source of long-standing debates and legal proceedings that addressed the rights and sometimes conflicting interests of artists working in the public domain and the public itself.

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Stop Bush, 2004. Lithocrayon on mylar, 59 x 48 in. (150.5 x 121.9 cm). Collection of the artist