Tower Hybrid, 1979
COR-TEN steel
132 x 60 x 60 inches
Loan courtesy of the artist

Richard Hunt’s Tower Hybrid, 1979, captures movement and emotion as it penetrates space with its sharp angular forms emerging from a heavy COR-TEN steel cube. An African-American sculptor, Hunt is influenced by elements of Cubism and Surrealism, reacting to both formalism and expressionism. His impulses lie outside the strictly formal terms of object making and attempt to capture aspects of a changing, fleeting nature. Rooted in the union of opposites, fusing drawing and sculpture, Tower Hybrid’s fluid, elegant lines play against the weight and texture of the material. This particular arrangement of forms illustrates organic growth while remaining firmly fixed and visually connected to the landscape.

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Richard Hunt was born in 1935 in Chicago. He earned his B.A.E. from the Art Institute of Chicago in 1957. Hunt received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1962 and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Sculpture Center in 2009. He has works in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago; the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden and the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.; the National Museum of Israel, Jerusalem; the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art, New York; and the Museum of the Twentieth Century, Vienna.