Richard Serra Sculpture: Forty Years

Jun 3–Sep 24, 2007


Richard Serra (American, born 1938). Band. 2006. Weatherproof steel. Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Gift of Eli and Edythe Broad
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One of the preeminent sculptors of our era, Richard Serra (American, b. 1938) has long been acclaimed for his challenging and innovative work, which emphasizes materiality and an engagement between the viewer, the site, and the work. In the early 1960s, Serra and the Minimalist artists of his generation turned to unconventional, industrial materials and began to accentuate the physical properties of their art. Over the years, Serra has expanded his spatial and temporal approach to sculpture and has focused primarily on large-scale work, including many site-specific works that engage with a particular architectural, urban, or landscape setting. This exhibition presents the artist’s forty-year career, from his early experiments with materials such as rubber, neon, and lead to monumental late-career pieces, including Intersection II (1992) and Torqued Ellipse IV (1999), along with three new works that have never been exhibited before. With works on view throughout the Museum and in The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden, Richard Serra Sculpture: Forty Years displays the extraordinary vision of this formidable artist, who has radicalized and extended the definition of sculpture. A fully illustrated catalogue accompanies the exhibition.

The exhibition is organized by Kynaston McShine, Chief Curator at Large, The Museum of Modern Art, and Lynne Cooke, Curator, Dia Art Foundation.

The exhibition is made possible with the major support of LVMH / Moët Hennessy . Louis Vuitton

The Museum acknowledges important grants from Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman, Mimi and Peter Haas Fund, and Agnes Gund and Daniel Shapiro.

Additional generous funding is provided by The Henry Luce Foundation, Eli and Edythe Broad, The Buckeye Foundation in honor of Eli Broad, Marie-Josée and Henry Kravis, Emily Rauh Pulitzer, Keith and Kathy Sachs, Sue and Edgar
Wachenheim Foundation, Sarah-Ann and Werner H. Kramarsky, and Elizabeth and Henry T. Segerstrom.

The accompanying publication is made possible by The International Council of The Museum of Modern Art. Additional funding is provided by the Dale S. and Norman Mills Leff Publication Fund.

Accommodations generously provided by Millennium Hotels and Resorts.


  • Richard Serra Sculpture: Forty Years Exhibition catalogue, Hardcover, 420 pages
  • Richard Serra, sculpture, forty years : [brochure] the Museum of Modern Art, June 3-September 10, 2007 Out of print, 12 pages
  • Press release 5 pages


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