Richard Stankiewicz American, 1922-1983


Born in Philadelphia, Stankiewicz spent his formative years in Detroit against the backdrop of America’s booming midcentury automotive business. Living in a predominantly German and Polish immigrant community, he attended a technical high school and studied mechanical drafting, volumetric geometry, engineering, art, and music. He began painting and sculpting during his service in the Navy from 1941-47, and later trained under Hans Hofmann in New York from 1948-49. Stankiewicz composed his first sculptures out of metal scraps, and experimented heavily with various found materials. From 1950-51, he attended the schools of Fernand Léger and Ossip Zadkine in Paris, financed under the GI Bill. Upon his return to New York, Stankiewicz joined the artists’ cooperative Hansa Gallery, organized by Hofmann’s former students. There, he established his work througout the 1950s, garnering acclaim for his witty ‘junk’ assemblages. He moved to the Stable Gallery in 1959, and in 1962, he moved out of the city to Huntington, Massachusetts. He continued sculpting and exhibiting internationally up until his death in 1983.

Solo Exhibitions

1952 - Hansa Gallery, New York, also 1953, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957 

1958 - Allan Frumkin Gallery, Chicago 

1959- Stable Gallery, New York, also 1960, 1961, 1962, 1964, 1965 

1960- Galerie Neufville, Paris

1961 - Pace Gallery, Boston

1964 - Galerie Daniel Cordier, Paris

1965- Tampa Art Institute

1969 - "Richard Stankiewicz: Welded Sculptures," Watters Gallery, Darlinghurst, Australia, and National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia

1971- Mead Art Museum, Amherst College

1972 - Zabriskie Gallery, New York, also 1973, 1975, 1977, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2007, 2009

1975 - Dag Hammerskjold Plaza, New York

1979- Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire

1979–80- "The Sculpture of Richard Stankiewicz, 1953-1979," University Art Gallery, State University of New York at Albany; Museum of Fine Arts, Springfield, Massachusetts; Herbert Johnson Museum, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York; Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts

1980- "Exposition internationale des arts plastiques," Musée d'art moderne de Belgrade, Yugoslovia 

Laumier International Sculpture Park, St. Louis 

1985- The Mayor Gallery, London

1986- Galerie Eric Franck, Geneva

1994- "Richard Stankiewicz: Sculpture in Steel," Middlebury College Museum of Art, Middlebury, Vermont

2003–04- "Miracle in the Scrap Heap: The Sculpture of Richard Stankiewicz," Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts; AXA Gallery, New York; The Marion Koogler McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, Texas; Museum Tinguely, Basel, Switzerland

2012-13- "Stankiewicz: Sculpture and Drawings," Washburn Gallery, New York

Museums and Public Collections

Akron Art Museum

Albright-Knox Art Gallery

The Brooklyn Museum

Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Stanford University

The Cleveland Museum of Art 

The Columbus Museum of Art 

Dayton Art Institute 

Denver Art Museum

Detroit Institute of Arts

The Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College 

Housatonic Museum of Art 

Israel Museum, Jerusalem 

Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami 

The Marion Koogler McNay Art Museum 

Mead Art Museum, Amherst College, Amherst 

Middlebury College Museum of Art 

Milwaukee Art Museum 

Moderna Museet, Stockholm 

Mount Holyoke College Art Museum

Musee national d'art modern, Centre national d'art et de culture Georges Pompidou, Paris

Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design 

Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago 

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston 

Museum of Fine Arts, Springfield

The Museum of Modern Art, New York

National Gallery of Australia 

The Newark Museum 

Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts 

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Portland Art Museum

Seattle Art Museum

Smith College Museum of Art

Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC

Storm King Art Center

Tampa Art Institute

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Walker Art Center

Weatherspoon Art Museum, University of North Carolina

Whitney Museum of American Art 

Wilmington Arts Commission 

Yale University Art Gallery

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