Large-scale sculptor Richard Serra, who lives between New York City and Nova Scotia, creates outsized architectural pieces that call into question the viewers’ relationship to their bodies in the context of space. His site-specific work is found in the permanent collections of the Guggenheim, MoMA, LACMA, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and in the private collections of commissioners such as Eli Broad,
Below are Richard Serra’s favorite books, available to purchase as a set or individually.
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Self-Reliance and Other Essays
Ralph Waldo Emerson
I read “Self-Reliance” when I was 17 as an undergraduate at UC Berkeley in the ‘50s. In this short essay, Emerson takes a stance against conformity and insists on trusting your own judgement, on finding your own path, on living in the present and augmenting what is unique to your own character. These are the principles that have shaped my life and work.
What I find interesting in Barthes’ “Camera Lucida” is the distinction he makes between studium — what anyone recognizes at first glance as the general content of a photograph — and punctum, a very personal emotion or desire evoked by a detail in that same photograph. It is a switch from the objectification of the reproduction on a piece of paper to a purely subjective connection.
Six Memos for the Next Millennium
This small publication of Calvino’s Charles Eliot Norton lectures given at Harvard in 1985 is divided into five topics: lightness, quickness, exactitude, visibility and multiplicity. Each essay is insightful and poetic, lyrical, a joy to read and re-read, an enduring primer for me.
$180.92 The Painted Bird
$178.93 Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
From: $145.81 Bad Marie
From: $149.89 Bleak House
$196.88 Wishful Drinking
$141.81 The Talented Mr Ripley
From: $144.80 The Girl Who Ran
Christina Yee and Frances Poletti
$190.75 Time Lived, Without Its Flow
From: $100.99 Farm
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