"It was important to me to partner with a gallery with global reach because I always meant for my art to express the concerns of people everywhere, especially the universal desire for freedom."
- Richard Hunt
"In the pantheon of 20th-century sculptors, Richard Hunt stood as one of the preeminent masters."
- White Cube
White Cube is pleased to announce global representation of Richard Hunt, one of the leading American sculptors of the 20th century.
The artist’s first solo exhibition with the gallery will take place in spring 2024 at White Cube, New York.
Over a seven decade-long career, Hunt staged over 150 solo shows, with more than 160 large-scale public sculpture commissions worldwide. In 1971, at the age of 35, he achieved a historic milestone by becoming the first African American sculptor to have a retrospective at MoMA, New York.
With a profound fascination for biological science and the natural world, working predominantly in metal, Hunt’s hybrid sculptures are characterised by dualities, that of the natural and the industrial, the surreal and the abstract, the geometric and the organic.
"Richard has been a giant hiding in plain sight for decades..."
White Cube's Global Director of Strategic Market Initiatives.
Hunt paid tribute to some of America’s greatest heroes in his work, including Martin Luther King Jr., Mary McLeod Bethune, Jesse Owens and Hobart Taylor Jr. In 2022, he was commissioned by Barack Obama to create work for the Obama Presidential Center, located in the artist’s hometown of Chicago. A new work, titled Book Bird will grace the Library Reading Garden outside the new Chicago Public Library branch on the campus.
Further notable projects include Swing Low (2016), a welded bronze sculpture commissioned for the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC, and The Light of Truth (2021), a monument dedicated to the journalist and civil rights activist Ida B. Wells on the South Side of Chicago.
Sukanya Rajaratnam, Global Director of Strategic Market Initiatives, said: "Richard has been a giant hiding in plain sight for decades and it is a privilege to have the opportunity to work with him at White Cube. He has more public monuments in the U.S. than any other sculptor, and his ability to thread the history of twentieth-century sculpture, with his own deeply personal experience as a Black man is nothing short of profound. His sculptures often appear to soar, and the metaphor speaks to his core belief as to what art means to him, an avenue and opportunity for freedom."
White Cube presented a sculpture by the artist, titled Years of Pilgrimage (1999), at the 2023 edition of Art Basel Miami Beach. A solo exhibition at White Cube’s recently opened New York gallery at 1002 Madison Avenue will be featured in March 2024.
Sukanya Rajaratnam, White Cube: