RICHARD SERRA. Reverse Curve
Gagosian Gallery, New York
September 17, 2019 – February 1, 2020
Gagosian is pleased to present recent sculptures and drawings by Richard Serra. At 980 Madison Avenue, a series of new diptych and triptych drawings will be on view. Four new works from Serra’s Rounds series will fill the entire West 24th Street gallery. Each forged-steel sculpture is composed of multiple 50-ton elements of differing diameters and heights. Bisecting the West 21st Street gallery space will be Reverse Curve (2005/19), a sculpture measuring 99 feet long and 13 feet high. Originally conceived in 2005 for a public project in Reggio Emilia, Italy, Reverse Curve is finally being realized for the first time.
In conjunction with these exhibitions, Gagosian and Anthology Film Archives will present a three-day retrospective of Serra‘s films and videos from October 17 through 19, drawn from the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, Anthology Film Archives, Joan Jonas, and Stiftung Situation Kunst. This is the first time that all of the artist’s film and video work will be shown together. The screening on October 19 will be followed by a panel discussion between curators Søren Grammel, Chrissie Iles, and Jeffrey Weiss, moderated by art historian Benjamin Buchloh. Additional screenings of the full program will take place on October 20 and 23.
Richard Serra was born in 1938 in San Francisco, and lives and works in New York. Collections include the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; Dia Art Foundation, New York; Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Spain; Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo, Netherlands; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Museum of Modern Art, New York; National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam. Serra participated in Documenta 5, 6, 7, and 8; and La Biennale di Venezia in 1980, 1984, 2001, and 2013. In 2008 he presented Promenade for the Monumenta commission at the Grand Palais in Paris; and in 2005, The Matter of Time (1994-2005), a series of eight sculptures, was installed permanently at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. In 2014, East-West/West-East was permanently installed in the desert of the Brouq Nature Reserve in western Qatar. Serra has received numerous accolades, including a Fulbright Grant; National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship; Carnegie Prize; Praemium Imperiale, Japan Arts Association; and the Leone d’Oro, La Biennale di Venezia (2001), among others. In 2008 Serra was made Commandeur de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the Republic of France, and in 2015 he was appointed Chevalier de l’Ordre national de la Légion d’honneur for his “exceptional contribution to art, past, present, and future.” In September 2018, Serra accepted the J. Paul Getty Medal.