Thursday, August 22, 2013

Winged Form

Winged Form, 1987
Richard Hunt
North Concourse, Aon Center Plaza
200 East Randolph Street

            Richard Hunt, one of the most sought-after sculptors producing works of public art since his first commission in 1967, finds inspiration everywhere: “How a branch is bent by the wind, a wing in movement—all those things are part of the sculptural vocabulary.” An artist who came of age during the height of Abstract Expressionism and was influenced by the welded metal work of Julio González and David Smith, Hunt fabricates pieces using a variety of materials, including stainless steel, aluminum, Cor-ten steel and bronze, as seen in this example. One of the central themes of his oeuvre is the “reconciliation of the organic and the industrial” and many of his works seem to vacillate between abstract and figurative imagery. 
          In addition to being the first African-American to have a solo exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art in New York (1971), Hunt has created more than 150 works of public sculpture in the United States and abroad.

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