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Author Stankiewicz, Richard, 1922-1983.

Title Miracle in the scrap heap : the sculpture of Richard Stankiewicz.

Published Andover, Mass. : Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy ; Seattle, Wash. : Distributed by the University of Washington Press, 2003.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  730.92 STAN    AVAILABLE
Physical description 175 pages : illustrations (chiefly colour), portraits ; 32 cm
Notes Catalog of an exhibition held at the Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, Mass., Apr. 19-July 30, 2003, AXA Gallery, New York, Aug.-Oct. 2003, the Marion Koogler McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, Apr.-July 2004 and at one other location.
Essays by Emmie Donadio and others.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 163-171) and index.
Contents Miracle in the Scrap Heap: The Sculpture of Richard Stankiewicz / Emmie Donadio 11 -- Carrying the Torch: The Sculpture of Richard Stankiewicz and Its European Heritage / Jon Wood 56 -- Putting It All Together / Martin Friedman 61.
Summary This book offers the first comprehensive survey of the art of Richard Stankiewicz (1922-83) and reassesses its place in the art of his time. Stankiewicz's welded sculpture of rusted iron and cast-off steel played an important role in the redefinition of art in New York during the 1950s. Yet, as is the case of several artists who figured significantly in that heady decade when the New York School came to international prominence, the full range of Stankiewicz's art has not been fully appreciated. This publication -- accompanying a internationally touring exhibition organized by the Addison Gallery of American Art at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts -- provides the first overview of his pioneering "junk sculpture" of the 1950s within the context of the artist's thirty-year career. Although Stankiewicz has been included in important group exhibitions of Assemblage, Neo-Dada, and Abstract Expressionist sculpture, his art has eluded conclusive critical identification. This elusiveness may be attributed to the artist's persistently and subtly subversive stance toward the dominant artistic vocabularies of a partisan era in which the character of art and its audience changed radically. Miracle in the Scrap Heap offers a lively consideration of Stankiewicz's sculpture in relation to the aesthetic attitudes and critical concerns of post-World War II American art.
Following an introduction by Addison Gallery Director Adam D. Weinberg, is an extended critical look at Stankiewicz, his life, and his achievement by Emmie Donadio, who wrote her 1996 doctoral dissertation on the artist. The artist is placed within the twentieth-century European avant-garde tradition in an essay by Jon Wood. Martin Friedman's "Putting It All Together" positions Stankiewicz's work in relation to that of his contemporaries in 1950s New York. The book also includes a narrative chronology, a bibliography, and generous illustrations of key sculptures by the artist. Miracle in the Scrap Heap: The Sculpture of Richard Stankiewicz is richly illustrated with his own art and that of his Euro-American contemporaries and predecessors. It is must reading for collectors, scholars and anyone wishing to enlarge their conception of a pivotal period in modern art -- and the unique achievement of a sculptor who can be classic, iconoclastic, and witty all at the same time.
Other author Donadio, Emmie, 1943-
Addison Gallery of American Art.
AXA Gallery.
Marion Koogler McNay Art Museum.
Subject Stankiewicz, Richard, 1922-1983. -- Exhibitions.
Variant Title Sculpture of Richard Stankiewicz.
ISBN 1879886502