Richard Serra was born in San Francisco in 1939. He received his BA from the University of California in 1961, and his MFA from Yale University in 1964. After travelling and working extensively in Europe, Serra relocated to New York in 1966. He started creating sculpture by throwing molten lead against the ground in 1967, and began to create his Minimalist, often site-specific, sculpture from large sheets of metal after 1970. Though he is most widely known for this type of work, Serra has also worked in film and print.

In 1972 he began his print practice at Gemini GEL with a series of lithographs. The prints, with their energetic mark-making, are typical of the artist’s dynamic and often spontaneous early sculpture, while the preoccupation with shape foreshadows his later work.
Emilie Owens
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