Industrial Art Titan Richard Serra Dies at 85: His Visionary Approach to Metal Sculpture Inspires Future Generations

Remembering Richard Serra: A world-renowned ‘poet’ of metals through photos

Richard Serra, a renowned artist known for his large-scale metal sculptures, passed away at the age of 85 at his home on Long Island. Born in San Francisco in 1938, Serra grew up watching steel tankers at the shipyard where his father worked. This early exposure to industrial materials and processes would later influence his artistic vision and approach to creating monumental sculptures.

After working in steel mills to fund his college education in California, Serra studied fine art at Yale. In the 1960s, he moved to New York and began creating art using industrial materials, with a focus on metal. His background in steel mills gave him a unique perspective on the material and its potential as an artistic medium.

Throughout his life, Serra remained dedicated to pushing the boundaries of art and exploring the possibilities of working with metal. His legacy as an artist will continue to inspire future generations. Sarah Roberts, the head of painting and sculpture at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, praised Serra for his visionary work.

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