Richard Hunt


Richard Howard Hunt (September 12, 1935 – December 16, 2023) was an American sculptor. In the second half of the 20th century, he became "the foremost African-American abstract sculptor and artist of public sculpture." Hunt, the descendant of enslaved people brought from West Africa through the Port of Savannah, studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in the 1950s. While there he received multiple prizes for his work. In 1971, he was the first African-American sculptor to have a retrospective at Museum of Modern Art. Hunt has created over 160 public sculpture commissions, more than any other sculptor in prominent locations in 24 states across the United States.

With a career spanning seven decades, Hunt held over 150 solo exhibitions and is represented in more than 100 public museums across the world. His notable abstract, modern and contemporary sculpture work appeared in exhibitions and public displays as early as the 1950s. He was one of the first artists to serve on the governing body for National Endowment for the Arts and later served on the board of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. In 2022, Barack Obama stated that "Richard Hunt is one of the greatest artists Chicago has ever produced."

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Prolific African-American sculptor is known for his many public art projects, and his early use of found metal objects as material. He was the first African American sculptor to have a retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art in 1971. His later work in metal tended toward a monumental scale.

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United States


Artist, educator, sculptor

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Richard Hunt, Richard Howard Hunt

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