Richard Albert Forty Years Analysis

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Born in San Francisco in 1939, Richard Serra is one of the important minimalist artists in our time. He was known for his significantly large-scaled sculptures using metal sheets that are now displayed in New York’s famous museums such as the Guggenheim, The Museum of Modern Art’s Exhibition “Forty Years” and the Dia: Beacon. His abstract work draws attention to viewers, for it shows visual and physical interests.
After studying at the University of California in Berkeley, Serra moved on to Yale University School of Art and Architecture and studied painting in the M.F.A program. Entering New York during the 1960’s, Serra had entered several exhibitions for his solo work. His early sculptures were made out of uncommon materials such as fiberglass,
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The sculptures were abstract, minimalistic, expressionism, modernism, baroque and contemporary, at the same time. His recent exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art Richard Serra Sculpture: Forty Years (2007) shows this adventurous take during his different stages of a forty-year career. Serra defined and American sculpture art and went beyond with his large-scale works such as Torqued Ellipse IV (1998) and Sequence (2006) that depicts the immense volume of space being used and shows us the different perspectives of art and emphasizes the material.
From working in steel mills in California to experimenting with massive steel sheets to create complex curves, turning them into one of his most well-known works, Serra has challenged the concept of design. Which has made us question “What is art?” Serra’s reputation, “The Man of Steel”, was established with his urban and landscape sculptures and indoor structures. Pulling off these great risks into a new area was a thrill to Richard Serra. He is a strong influence of urban design, architecture, visuals and sculpture that has been set upon young architects
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