Richard Stankiewicz

American, 1922–1983

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Richard Stankiewicz

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American, 1922–1983

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Richard Stankiewicz (1922-1983), the American sculptor whose whimsical scrap-iron constructions made him one of the pioneers of "junk art" and assemblage, established his reputation by taking pipes, nuts, bolts, screws, clockworks and other scrap from junkyards and welding them into carefully ordered sculptural compositions that both respected the fragmentary, arbitrary character of the materials and transformed them. Noted for their particular form of humanity and wit, Stankiewicz’s sculptures used incongruity and the judicious placement of ‘ready-made’ objects to call attention to traits of the human figure. In his later sculptural works, the forms were often larger, bulkier; the compositions had an unmistakable rigor and weight. As the humor and choice of materials became less conspicuous in his work, and it was easier to recognize the formal intelligence and high purpose that had guided him all along.

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The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 2 more
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Biography

Richard Stankiewicz (1922-1983), the American sculptor whose whimsical scrap-iron constructions made him one of the pioneers of "junk art" and assemblage, established his reputation by taking pipes, nuts, bolts, screws, clockworks and other scrap from junkyards and welding them into carefully ordered sculptural compositions that both respected the fragmentary, arbitrary character of the materials and transformed them. Noted for their particular form of humanity and wit, Stankiewicz’s sculptures used incongruity and the judicious placement of ‘ready-made’ objects to call attention to traits of the human figure. In his later sculptural works, the forms were often larger, bulkier; the compositions had an unmistakable rigor and weight. As the humor and choice of materials became less conspicuous in his work, and it was easier to recognize the formal intelligence and high purpose that had guided him all along.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 2 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 1 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale International Exhibition, and 1 more
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