Richard Serra and his Minimalist Abstractions

Monday, March 21, 2011
Serra created his very first sculptures in the late 1960's. He made use of materials such as fiber glass and rubber, a simple combination that would eventually lead him to discover more innovative applications in his later years. Now known for his minimalist beauty, Serra previously installed several works of art around the world, such as the Tilted Arc in New York City's Federal Plaza and Snake, permanently located at the largest gallery of the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. Many people tend to describe his sculptural style as an elegant distortion of planes. He tends to use many flat surfaces that can either be straight or curved, to display an array of complementary elegance to one another. His simplicity in design gives even more reason to his theme of minimalism, however many of his artworks are created on a grand scale, encompassing a large area.

In 2001, the MoMA or Museum of Modern Art actually presented some of Serra's sculptural work in its New York location. there were around five works of his that were set on display, including Torqued Eclipse IV which he did in 1998 and Intersection II which he did in 1993. Serra fondly takes into consideration the different perspectives and viewing angles that go with his works. He likes to play around with the contour of the objects when seen from other spatial points. A fun fact from the artist's history reveals that his sculpture "Out-of-Round X" was used as a cover for a musical album called Monoliths and Dimensions by a famous drone band. Serra had several recognitions for his artist's passion, including a feature on BBC and an honorary degree for Fine Arts from William College. His works, though basic in their foundation and conception, have found their way into the hearts of many art enthusiasts because of their sublime beauty and relaxed orientation.


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