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Richard Hunt: MONUMENTAL features approximately fifty metal sculptures inside 8,000 sqft of KANEKO gallery space that explore the idea of monumentality across Hunt’s long career. Including a few pieces dating from the 1960s will be included; the emphasis is on works created from the 1970s onward when he began to focus more on large-scale commissions and public projects. Most works included in the exhibition will be drawn from private collections and Hunt’s Studio and Estate collection. Many of these sculptures have not been exhibited in decades or have never been exhibited publicly.
Many of these sculptures have not been exhibited in decades or have never been exhibited publicly.
Tours will begin at 6:30 pm and 8 pm.
Each tour will be approximately 45 minutes and will cover some of the pieces in more detail.
KANEKO Galleries will close at 9 pm this evening, so please plan any self-exploration time accordingly.
Richard Hunt: MONUMENTAL features approximately fifty metal sculptures inside 8,000 sqft of KANEKO gallery space that explore the idea of monumentality across Hunt’s long career. Including a few pieces dating from the 1960s will be included; the emphasis is on works created from the 1970s onward when he began to focus more on large-scale commissions and public projects. To this end, approximately half of the sculptures featured in the exhibition will be models, studies, or maquettes for large commissions. Most works included in the exhibition will be drawn from private collections and Hunt’s Studio and Estate collection. Many of these sculptures have not been exhibited in decades or have never been exhibited publicly.
Hunt’s monumentality is not based on platitudes or simply a preponderance of large sculptures but rather is deeply informed by and draws upon the specific, deeply researched subject matter and a broad range of influences that connect the histories of art, modern urban life, and the African American experience through a profoundly personal yet universally understood abstract artistic language. Richard Hunt: Monumental examines the artist’s status as a monument(tal) maker within the history of American Art as well as the expansive sources and ideas of monumentality that Hunt has drawn on throughout his career, which extend far beyond just his work created for public spaces.
Richard Hunt: Monumental is organized by Dr. Marin R. Sullivan, guest curator, and KANEKO. The exhibition will be on view at KANEKO from October 13th, 2022-February 5th, 2023. The timing coincides with the celebration of Hunt’s work in the city of Omaha, which began in July 2022, when one of his large-scale sculptures was installed downtown as part of The Riverfront Revitalization Project and the Gene Leahy Mall. Richard Hunt: Monumental will also be accompanied by a richly illustrated catalogue, edited by Sullivan and published by KANEKO, which will feature new perspectives on the monumental legacy of Richard Hunt and further explore the themes of the exhibition.
Image Archive: Richard Hunt with Organic Construction, Number 3 (1961) at B. C. Holland Gallery, Chicago, 1962. Welded chromed steel, 621/2 × 241/2 × 241/2 in.
Born in Chicago in 1935, world-renowned sculptor Richard Hunt has singularly made the largest contribution to public art in the United States; over 150 public sculpture commissions grace prominent locations in 24 states and Washington, D.C. Hunt has held over 150 solo exhibitions and is represented in more than 100 public museums across the globe, from California to Maine, Detroit to Birmingham, and Vienna to Jerusalem.
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