Best in Show: Richard Stankiewicz

The Village Voice
R.C. Baker
February 23, 2007
Richard Stankiewicz

The macho abstractions of yore are embodied in these welded steel sculptures from the mid–20th century: rusted hot-water tanks joined to corroded mufflers or draped with weathered, industrial-grade chains stand like comic but vaguely menacing sentinels. Stankiewicz (1922–83) was not afraid to use drain holes for eyes or slap on an exhaust-pipe nose, and 1963's Two Tank Figures, shot through with diagonal steel rails and leaning into each other like lurching drunks, combines Dadaist absurdity with blue-collar empathy.

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