Adams, Ansel
photographer
 
Armstrong, Rolf
pin-up illustrator
 
Avedon, Richard
photographer
 
Bacon, Peggy
illustrator
 
Bass, Saul
graphic designer
 
Benton, Thomas Hart
painter
 
Blass, Bill
fashion designer
 
Burchfield, Charles E.
watercolorists
 
Calder, Alexander
sculptor
 
Chwast, Seymour
graphic designer/illustrator
 
Davis, Stuart
painter
 
Demuth, Charles
painter
 
Disney, Walt
cartoonist
 
Eames, Charles
designer and architect
 
Fischl, Eric
painter
 
Glackens, William J.
painter
 
Glaser, Milton
graphic designer
 
Hartley, Marsden
painter
 
Hopper, Edward
painter and etcher
 
Horter, Earle
illustrator
 
Johns, Jasper
painter
 
Johnson, Philip
architect
 
Katz, Alex
painter
 
Leibovitz, Annie
portrait photographer
 
Luks, George Benjamin
painter & illustrator
 
LeWitt, Sol
conceptual artist
 
Marsh, Reginald
painter & illustrator
 
Motherwell, Robert
painter & printmaker
 
Motley Jr., Archibald J.
painter
 
Nelson, Robert Lyn
painter
 
Newman, Arnold
photographer
 
O'Keeffe, Georgia
painter
 
Pollock, Jackson
painter
 
Rand, Paul
graphic artist
 
Ritts, Herb
photographer
 
Rockwell, Norman
painter
 
Rosenquist, James
painter
 
Ruscha, Edward
painter
 
Samaras, Lucas
sculptor
 
Sheeler, Charles
photographer & painter
 
Shinn, Everett
painter & printmaker
 
Sloan, John
painter
 
Smith, David
abstract sculptor
 
Turrell, James
architectural art
 
Warhol, Andy
painter
 
Wood, Grant
painter
 
Wyeth, Andrew
painter
 
 
 
 
Richard Serra:
Sculptor


(1939 - Present)

Born: San Francisco, California
 
 
 
Biography
 

Richard Serra was born in San Francisco in 1939. After studying at the University of California at Berkeley and at Santa Barbara, he graduated in 1961 with a BA in English literature. During this time, he began working in steel mills in order to support himself. In 1964, he graduated from Yale University with both a BFA and an MFA. Receiving a Yale Traveling Fellowship, he spent a year in Paris, followed by a year in Florence funded by a Fullbright grant.

Serra’s early work in the 1960s focused on the industrial materials that he had worked with as a youth in West Coast steel mills and shipyards: steel and lead. A famous work from this time involved throwing lead against the walls of his studio. Though his casts were created from the impact of the lead hitting the walls, the emphasis of the piece was really on the process of creating it: raw aggression and physicality, combined with a self-conscious awareness of material and a real engagement with the space in which it was worked. Since those Minimalist beginnings, Serra’s work has become famous for that same physicality, but one that is now compounded by the breathtaking size and weight that the pieces have acquired. His series of “Torqued Ellipses” (1996–99), which comprise gigantic plates of towering steel, bent and curved, leaning in and out, carve very private spaces from the necessarily large public sites in which they have been erected.

Serra’s most recent public work includes the 60-foot-tall “Charlie Brown” (1999; named for the Peanuts comic-strip character in honor of its author, Charles Schultz, who had died that year), which has been erected in the courtyard of an office building in San Francisco. He lives in New York and Nova Scotia.Chwast continues to lecture and exhibit worldwide and is a frequent contributor to The New York Times and The New Yorker.

 
 
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  Band
2006
 
 
  Fulcrum
1987
West entrance to Liverpool Street station
 
 
  Open Ended
2007-2008
 
 
 


Fernando Pessoa
2007-2008
Weatherproof steel
 
 
  Fernando Pessoa
2007-2008
Weatherproof steel
 
 
  Vortex
2002
 
 
 

Intersection II
1992
 
 
 

Intersection II
1992
 
 
 
 
 
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