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Richard Serra in "Place"
The segment follows Richard Serra as he guides the viewer through several massive installations he has done in New York, San Francisco, and Bilbao, Spain. Having worked with metal for the past forty years, Serra creates sculptures shape and stretch steel like rubber, carving intimate moments out of public spaces.
“I was surprised that people who had absolutely no information about sculpture were able to enter into these pieces,” says the artist. “The experience for them was fulfilling because, in some sense, it was startling, it was new, because they couldn’t locate themselves.”More information
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Richard 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. 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.
“I was surprised that people who had absolutely no information about sculpture were able to enter into these pieces. The experience for them was fulfilling because, in some sense, it was startling, it was new, because they couldn’t locate themselves.”