Richard Serra (American, b. 1938) Richard Serra was born in San Francisco. While working in steel mills to support himself, Serra attended the University of California at Berkeley and Santa Barbara from 1957 to 1961, receiving a B.A. in English literature. He then studied at Yale University, New Haven, from 1961 to 1964, completing his B.F.A. and M.F.A. Serra trained as a painter at Yale, where he worked with Josef Albers on his book The Interaction of Color (1963). During the early 1960s, he came into contact with Philip Guston, Robert Rauschenberg, Ad Reinhardt, and Frank Stella. In 1964 and 1965, Serra traveled to Paris on a Yale Traveling Fellowship, where he frequently visited the reconstruction of Constantin Brancusi’s studio at the Musée National d’Art Moderne. He spent much of the following year in Florence on a Fulbright grant, and traveled throughout southern Europe and northern Africa. The young artist was given his first solo exhibition at Galleria La Salita, Rome, in 1966. Later that year, he moved to New York, where his circle of friends included Carl Andre, Walter De Maria, Eva Hesse, Sol LeWitt and Robert Smithson. Serra uses the print medium as a way to distill his thinking about his massive sculptures and the space they occupy. “The prints,” Serra has said, “are mostly studies made after a sculpture has been completed. They are the result of trying to assess and define what surprises me in a sculpture, what I could not understand before a work was built. They enable me to understand different aspects of perception as well as the structural potential of a given sculpture.” Serra’s works are in private collections the world over as well as museum collections at the Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines; Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Whitney Museum, New York; The Guggenheim Museum, New York; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles; the Museum of Modern Art, New York and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid.