Richard Serra at Colby College
Clara Clara I

Richard Serra, American, b. 1939
Clara Clara I, 1985
Paintstick on screenprint, 37 x 72 in. (94 x 182.9 cm)
Lent by Paul J. Schupf, LL.D. '06

Major Gift of Richard Serra Works on Paper

A promised gift to the Museum from Paul J. Schupf, the Richard Serra at Colby College Collection comprises 150 works on paper and one sculpture by the renowned American artist. The collection spans more than three decades of Serra’s career, from the lithograph Spoleto Circle of 1972, the year Serra began making prints, to his etching HBS from 2005. Among the works are several monumental screenprints with the artist’s distinctive paintstick additions, impressive drawing and print hybrids that include Clara Clara I (1985) and Reykjavik (1991). The Schupf promised gift of the Serra Collection establishes an especially rich context for Serra’s 4-5-6 (2000), a monumental site-specific Corten steel sculpture installed in the Paul J. Schupf Sculpture Court framing the Museum’s entrance.

Biography of Richard Serra

One of the foremost American artists working today, Richard Serra was born in San Francisco in 1939. After attending the University of California at Berkeley, he earned a B.A. in English literature from the University of California at Santa Barbara. Serra went on to study painting at Yale University’s School of Art and Architecture, where he earned both a B.F.A. and an M.F.A. Upon graduating, he received a Yale Traveling Fellowship and a Fulbright grant, allowing him to spend a year in both Paris and Florence. Upon returning to New York in 1966, Serra began to experiment in rubber, neon, and lead and had his first solo exhibition in the United States in New York in 1969. His work has been exhibited internationally, and he has had several museum retrospectives including two at The Museum of Modern Art in New York (in 1986 and 2007). He has also conceived of and installed numerous landscape and site-specific sculptures throughout North America and Europe.