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Open Field Vertical Elevations
1982 -

For his first installation using stone, Serra chose a hill that slopes down toward the lake. After completing the precise topographical measurements of the area, he designed a particular arrangement of eight blocks of Colombino stone. The first step was to painstakingly search for, in the quarries of Firenzuola, the stones that possessed the special natural characteristics he desired for the work. Next, he placed each piece so that it rises two meters out of the ground at the exact point where the terrain drops two meters. Thus, the top of each block corresponds to the base of the one above, and so on up the hill, creating a series of virtual planes.

Richard Serra

Richard Serra, born in San Francisco in 1939, lives and works between Nova Scotia and New York where he shows regularly with the Castelli and Gagosian Galleries.
Among the many awards and one-man shows in his career, we recall here only some of the most recent: drawing retrospective at the Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht (1990); awarded the Wilhelm Lehmbruck Sculpture Prize (1991); retrospective at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid (1992); elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (1993); received the Imperial Award in Japan (1994); he received an honorary degree from the California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland (1994).

Solo shows of the last decade include MOCA The Geffen Contemporary, Los Angeles (1998); Museo Guggenheim de Arte Moderno y Contemporaneo, Bilbao (1999); Aktionsforum Praterinsel, Munich (2000); Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, Massachusetts (2003); Galerie Georg Nothelfer, Berlin (2003/2004); Museo Archeologico & Piazza Plebiscito, Naples (2004); Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville, Maine (2005); Griffin Contemporary, Santa Monica, California (2005); Galerie Lelong, Paris (2006); MOMA, New York (2007); Grand Palais, Paris (2008); Kunsthaus, Bregenz (2008).

His best known public works are titled: Tilted Arc (dismantled from Federal Plaza, New York City 1981); The Matter of Time, Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao (2005). His works can be seen in Open Air collections just like those at Nassau County Museum of Fine Arts, Roslyn Harbor, NY; Des Moines Art Center, Iowa; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Laumeier Sculture Park, St. Louis, Missouri, Sea Level, Zeewolde, Netherlands (2004) as well as the Dia Art Foundation, Beacon, NY and Sea Level, Zeewolde, Olanda (2004)

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