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Richard Howard Hunt

Richard Howard Hunt

American, born 1935

The Chicago-based artist Richard Howard Hunt is one of the most important Black sculptors of the twentieth century. Hunt was the first African American sculptor to have a major retrospective at Museum of Modern Art in 1971. Hunt studied sculpture and lithography at the Art Institute of Chicago in the 1950s. His sculpture transitioned from figural work to abstract forms composed from junkyard finds and cast-off automobile parts welded together. Hunt’s public work is found throughout the country and especially in his home of Chicago in libraries, apartments, community centers, and universities. His abstract compositions are suggestive of themes and experiences of Black life in the United States. In a storied career, Hunt has had nearly innumerably solo and group exhibitions, has received a number of honorary degrees, and has served as a visiting artist and professor at schools and universities.

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