Thursday, August 22, 2013


Untitled, 1987
Ulrich Rückriem
Sculpture garden, The Art Institute of Chicago
111 South Michigan Avenue

            German sculptor Ulrich Rückriem was born in Düsseldorf in 1938 and apprenticed as a stonemason from 1957-1959. Although his early works were open constructions in wood and steel, he began using stone as his primary material in the mid-1960s. Interested in revealing the process, he developed a method of separating and reassembling basic forms. Untitled is a granite slab punctured with holes and cut lines that reveal segmentation even as the piece seems like a naturally-occurring formation. It is placed against a gray stone wall in the sculpture garden and is somewhat camouflaged by its environment. Rückriem has been featured in many important international art shows, including Documenta exhibitions 5, 7, 8 and 9. Held in Kassel, Germany every five years, Documenta was established in 1955 as a way for Germany to emerge from its repressive cultural past under Nazism and exhibit innovative and challenging works of art to the public.

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