Richard Stankiewicz

AMERICAN, 1922–1983

The spare, round frame of 1979-4, with a few objects affixed to it, typifies late work by Richard Stankiewicz. Originally trained in engineering, Stankiewicz established his reputation in the 1950s as a master of witty junk assemblages. By 1969, however, he was using newly fabricated industrial elements such as cylinders and I-beams to fashion comparatively restrained abstractions. Australia No. 9, 1969, another work by Stankiewicz in Storm King’s collection, marks this turning point in his career. The sculpture is a result of a three-month visit to Australia, during which he had an opportunity to create work in a steel plant in Sydney. The experience provided Stankiewicz with an understanding of industrial steel manufacturing and new welding techniques, which profoundly impacted his practice. The artistic process was paramount for Stankiewicz, who once commented, “It isn’t the thing; it’s making the thing. Because in making the thing you are making yourself, and after you have made it you are a little bit changed and that’s the product, and the thing, it can go into the world.”

Richard Stankiewicz
1979-4, 1979
60 x 46 x 36"
Gift of H. Peter Stern