While his early works utilized a variety of techniques and much experimentation he is best known for his minimalist works. His most famous series the “Torqued Ellipse” began in 1996. Huge steel plates are bent into sculptures that rotate upwards with open tops. The circular sculptures lean inwards or outwards. The sculpture began as a miniature wood replica. He has since created a number of large-scale structures around the world. In the Federal Plaza in New York City, a 3.5-meter arc sculpture was on display designed by Serra. This arc sculpture caused a great debate about public art and was ultimately dismantled by federal workers in 1989. At the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao Serra’s work is permanently on display, what began as on sculptured titled Snake now incorporates eight sculptures that span 14 feet in height and weighs up to 276 tons.
Richard Serra’s most recent work is on display at the Gagosian Gallery in New York City. For more than 30 years the Gagosian has been presenting the works of Serra’s totaling more than twenty-five major exhibitions of his works. Another exhibition of Serra’s has just completed as this new one opens up. His new exhibition draws on his minimalist approach in large-scale design. Viewers will be highly stimulated not just by the enormity of the vast steel sculptures on display but how each draws upon the sense to create a truly unique experience. At least four large-scale sculptures will be on exhibit at the Gagosian Gallery until mid-July.