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Richard Hunt (1935 - 2023)


It is with great sadness that we mark the passing of Richard Howard Hunt, who died peacefully on Saturday 16 December 2023, aged 88, at his home in Chicago.

In the pantheon of 20th-century sculptors, Richard stood as one of the preeminent masters.

At the core of his artistic and philosophical approach was a fundamental concern with freedom; of political and artistic freedom, as well as personal and universal freedom.

He said: ‘I am interested more than anything else in being a free person. To me, that means that I can make what I want to make, regardless of what anyone else thinks I should make.’

Employing an alchemist’s touch Richard created sculptures whose fluid, biomorphic forms emerged as if shaped directly from nature.

White Cube will work closely with the Richard Hunt Estate, led by Ken Merlau (Trustee of the Richard Hunt Trust), to promote and protect his art and legacy for future generations.

A celebration of Richard’s life, open to the public, will be held in Chicago in Spring 2024, with dates to be announced.

The gallery’s solo exhibition of the artist’s sculpture will continue as planned at White Cube New York in March 2024.

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