Richard Stankiewicz

(American, 1922-1983)

Welded steel

Overall: 170.2 x 91.4 x 86.3 cm (67 x 36 x 34 in.)

Gift of the Cleveland Society for Contemporary Art in honor of Edward B. Henning and Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1986.80

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An art critic once praised Stankiewicz’s work, describing it as a “miracle in the scrapheap.”


Stankiewicz was a virtuoso in creating welded sculpture out of discarded metal, much of which he rescued from junkyards. In this untitled assemblage, three gracefully balanced boiler tanks are carefully counterweighted by pipes and other pieces of scrap. Typical of the artist’s works from this period, its surfaces are enlivened by the scruffy textures and patterns of rust and other forms of corrosion.


Recycled Materials
Rust and Corrosion
Gender Associations
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