Richard Hunt

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African American artist

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According to Wikipedia, Richard Howard Hunt is one of the most important sculptors of the 20th century. 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 through the port of Savannah from West Africa, studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in the 1950s, and while there received multiple prizes for his work. He was the first African American sculptor to have a retrospective at Museum of Modern Art in 1971. Hunt has created over 160 public sculpture commissions in prominent locations in 24 states across the United States, more than any other sculptor. With a career that spans seven decades, Hunt has held over 150 solo exhibitions and is represented in more than 100 public museums across the globe from California to Maine, Detroit to Birmingham, and Vienna to Jerusalem. Hunt has served on the Smithsonian Institution's National Board of Directors. Hunt's abstract, modern and contemporary sculpture work is notable for its presence in exhibitions and public displays as early as the 1950s, despite social pressures for the obstruction of African-American art at the time. Naomi Beckwith, Deputy Director and Jennifer and David Stockman Chief Curator of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum declared Richard Hunt "One of the most innovative artists of the Twentieth Century." President Barack Obama has stated "Richard Hunt is one of the greatest artists Chicago has ever produced."

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