Since 1977, giant steel slab sculptor Richard Serra—whose newest pieces went on view at Gagosian in Chelsea yesterday—and his wife Clara have occupied at least one floor of 137 Duane Street in Tribeca, but as the Observer notes, the artist’s home and sprawling studio space now take up all but one level of the massive, former manufacturing building.
In 1996 Serra applied for a permit to turn the building’s ground floor into a studio, and that same year his wife applied for a permit to remove partitions from the second floor. Two years later permits show that the Serras sought to build an additional sixth floor on the building’s roof. The floor they’ve owned since the 70s is the fifth, and late last month the couple purchased the building’s third floor.
Whoever lives on the fourth floor is now literally sandwiched between the Serras’ sprawling home-studio complex. Of course, Serra’s largest steel pieces are made in forges halfway around the world in Europe and Asia.
Maybe one day this building will become the Richard Serra Foundation.