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VIRGINIA AND ALFRED KENNEDY AND PHILIP HENRY ALSTON JR. GALLERIES

Richard Hunt: Synthesis

Saturday, Oct 20, 2018 — Sunday, Feb 03, 2019



This exhibition focuses on formative periods in the career of American sculptor Richard Hunt, whose 130-plus public commissions in more than 24 states have made him a legendary figure in modern and contemporary sculpture. Hunt, whose career has spanned six decades, has also been a formidable presence in redefining the role of public sculpture in the late 20th and early 21st century. His parallel studio career shows his experimentation with a variety of media, methods and formal considerations, but has been underexplored critically as an essential aspect of his later success. The exhibition features several sculptures and works on paper that trace the various phases of Hunt’s career, including welded and cast sculpture dating from the 1950s to the present and models he made after his transition to large-scale public commissions in the late 1960s. Lithographs and other works on paper illustrate the artist’s consistent fascination with linear forms that provides the foundation for many of his three-dimensional works and the conceptual basis for his complex sense of design. Hunt studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in the early 1950s and began his career as abstract and modern sculptural practice came into focus. Following the example of sculptors such as Julio Gonzalez and David Smith, his development as an artist was underscored by a major retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art, in 1971. (Works from this watershed exhibition are included in "Richard Hunt: Synthesis.")

  • Georgia Museum of Art
    Richard Hunt gathering scrap in a junkyard at Clybourn and Sheffield Avenues, Chicago, 1962. Photo courtesy of Richard Hunt.
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    Richard Hunt (American, b. 1935), Falling, ca. 1953. Lead-soldered zinc-coated wire, 7 3/8 x 5 3/4 x 3 inches. Georgia Museum of Art, University of Georgia; Gift of Susan P. LaJeunesse on behalf of Dr. and Mrs. Aaron M. Josephson. GMOA 2017.309.
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    Richard Hunt (American, b. 1935), Minor Monument #1, 1963. Welded chromed steel, 50 x 32 x 18 inches. Collection of Mr. and Mrs. David Brush. Photographer: John Lusis.
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    Richard Hunt (American, b. 1935), untitled, 1963. Welded aluminum, 25 x 26 x 15 inches. Private collection. Photo by Chris Brown.
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    Richard Hunt (American, b. 1935), The Chase, 1965. Welded steel, 44 5/8 x 66 1/2 x 52 1/2 inches. Snite Museum of Art, University of Notre Dame; Acquired with funds provided by the Rev. Anthony J. Lauck, C.S.C., Sculpture Endowment and the Humana Foundation Endowment for American Art, 2015.005.
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    Richard Hunt (American, b. 1935), Natural Form #2, 1972. Cast bronze, 27 1/2 x 32 1/2 x 27 inches. Collection of Beau R. Ott. Photo by Jack Ramsdale.
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    Richard Hunt (American, b. 1935), I Have Been to the Mountaintop, before 1977. Ink and pencil on paper, 35 1/4 x 46 inches. Art Museum of the University of Memphis, Memphis, Tennessee
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    Richard Hunt (American, b. 1935), model for Wisdom Bridge, 1986 (Atlanta Public Library, Atlanta, Georgia). Welded stainless steel, 8 x 17 3/8 x 5 inches. Collection of the artist. Photo by Tim Schroeder.
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    Richard Hunt (American, b. 1935), Over Wisdom Bridge, 1986. Color lithograph on wove paper, edition 46/75. Printed by the artist and Will Peterson at Plucked Chicken Press, Chicago. Published by Linde Publishing. 37 3⁄8 x 30 1⁄4 inches (sheet). Georgia Museum of Art, University of Georgia; Museum purchase with funds provided by the William Underwood Eiland Endowment for Acquisitions made possible by M. Smith Griffith. GMOA 2018.3.
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    Richard Hunt (American, b. 1935), Ascension, 2015. Welded bronze, 108 x 52 x 38 inches. Collection of Todd Emily, Athens, Georgia.
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Curator

Shawnya Harris, Larry D. and Brenda A. Thompson Curator of African American and African Diasporic Art

Sponsors

The National Endowment for the Arts, the Irwin and Hannah Harvey Family Fund, the W. Newton Morris Charitable Foundation and the Friends of the Georgia Museum of Art

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