Root's Plan (Monadnock), 2020
Painted Cherry Wood and Aluminum
19.5 x 37 x 37.5 inches
Limb (Section), 2020
10.75 x 2.75 x 3.25 inches
Limb (Yellow), 2020
Cast Bronze and Oil Paint
17.25 x 7.25 x 3.25 inches
Cast Bronze and Aluminum
15 x 37 x 9.25 inches
Untitled (Corner), 2019
Cast Bronze and Digital Print
60 x 16 x 1.75 inches
Untitled (21-01), 2021
Cast Bronze and Aluminum
28 x 23 x 8.5 inches
Untitled (21-02), 2021
Cast Pigmented Hydrocal and Aluminum
25 x 32.5 x 1.75 inches
Untitled (14-07), 2014. Maple wood and nickel-plated aluminum, 46.5 x 12.75 x 1.75 inches.
Untitled (13-04), 2013. Nickel-plated cast bronze (unique), 32.5 x 16.75 x 1.75 inches.
Untitled (15-04), 2015. Painted maple wood and aluminum, 25.5 x 15.5 x 1.75 inches.
Untitled (92-09), 1992. Cast aluminum, 15 x 26.75 x 2.75 inches.
Untitled (11-02), 2011. Cast hydrocal and aluminum, 10.5 x 19 x 18.75 inches.
Tendril (Thomaskirche), 2016. Cast bronze and painted wood, 36 x 16 x 4.25 inches.
Glen Elder, 2017-18. Painted poplar, cast aluminum and welded aluminum, 25 feet x 120 inches x 48 inches (installation).
Study for Untitled (12-07), 2012. Colored pencil and graphite on paper, 38.75 x 24 inches, framed.
Study for Untitled (13-06), 2013. Colored pencil and graphite on paper, 19 x 24 inches, framed.
Richard Rezac (b. Nebraska, 1952) lives and works in Chicago. Since the mid-1980’s he has primarily made object-sculptures, essentially abstract in form. His sculpture is reliant on a deliberative process with each work, which allows for an on-going re-definition, however subtle. All of his sculpture has originated from drawing with the aim of synthesis and simplification. He has received the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, the Rome Prize Fellowship at the American Academy in Rome, the Joan Mitchell Foundation Award and the Louis Comfort Tiffany Award, among others.
Since 2000, he has had 22 solo exhibitions, including at the Portland Art Museum, Oregon, Rhona Hoffman Gallery, The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago, Galerie Isabella Bortolozzi, Berlin, Feature Inc., New York, Marc Foxx, Los Angeles and James Harris Gallery, Seattle. His sculpture is in the collections of The Art Institute of Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Dallas Museum of Art, Portland Art Museum, Detroit Institute of Art, Yale University Art Gallery, among others. He is Adjunct Full Professor at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in both the Painting and Sculpture Departments.
The relevance of object-image to Rezac’s works is spot-on. What should be frivolous in his art is not, because the object’s physical properties forge a connection through strong antinomies. The image comes into sharp enigmatic focus through an unapologetic assertion of difference.Take Soliloquy (2019) for example. In some parallel universe, a carpenter’s workbench and underground grain vaults cohabit, and the resulting tool plays a practical role.
Through various motifs, Rezac questions and addresses the problems of articulation and elision within formal and metaphorical relationships. One favored theme is based on framings, moldings, and enclosures; another involves the interactive pairing of volumetric forms on tables. Several works in the show relate to the Baroque architect Francesco Borromini and others Rezac studied during a recent residency at the American Academy of Rome. Rezac’s aesthetic logic appropriately resists clear, easy conclusions. His affinity for structure and artisanal materiality leads to distilled syntheses of form, prompting us to assess his intriguing propositions with engaged, extended looking.
Richard Rezac presents 14 new sculptural works in his first show at Luhring Augustine Gallery in New York. Due to concerns surrounding COVID-19 the gallery is open by appointment only. Please contact the gallery to make an appointment, or engage virutally with Richard's works on their website.
Review of Address at the Renaissance Society.
Rezac and curator Solveig Ovstebo discuss Address at the Renaissance Society.
Interview with the artist in light of his new body of work.
Review of Signal at Rhona Hoffman Gallery.
Review of Recent Sculpture at Rhona Hoffman Gallery.