American sculptor and video artist Richard Serra (b. 1939) began his career
in the 1960s by splashing molten lead on gallery walls and creating works of
rubber, lead, fiberglass, and neon. In the 1970s he experimented with video
art. But he is best known for his later "minimalist" work, large-scale
sculptures of Cor-Ten steel often designed for specific sites where the
works engage with a particular physical setting. Art critic Robert Hughes has this to say about Serra: "Let's come right out with
it...we can call Richard Serra not only the best sculptor alive, but the only great one at work anywhere in the early 21st century."