Richard Serra (born November 2, 1939 in San Francisco) is one of the most important living American sculptors. In the mid-1960s Richard Serra and other American artists experimented with industrial materials such as lead and rubber. The materials are processed with simple interventions and placed in a relation to the room. Over the years, Serra expanded its spatial approach by working with today’s weather-resistant steel. In addition, the artist’s œuvre encompasses a variety of paintings and print graphics. His first works were inspired by abstract expressionism. Richard Serra gained renown by constructing large steel cylinders and steel blocks. In themselves they emphasize the weight and the special nature of the material steel, the surface of which i. Richard Serra was a participant of the Documenta 5 – 8. Major exhibitions were hold at the Fondation Beyelerand at the Fondation Beyeler Basel (Brancusi I Serra).
Heinz-Günter Mebusch and Vera Isler immortalized the artist in their photographs.