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Richard Rezac

Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (MCA Chicago)

Richard Rezac’s objects share affinities with Minimalist sculpture of the ’60s and ’70s but his aims are decidedly different. His formal reductions are motivated less by a drive for visual purity and removal of the artist’s hand, than by a quest for expression and nuance.

If at first Rezac’s sculptures seem restrained, their tenor is actually quite expansive. This survey of 16 small sculptures culled from a decade of work reveal a vision that is simultaneously modest and profound. Each of Rezac’s sculptures, whether composed of plaster, wood, steel, bronze, silk, wire, concrete, or iron, proposes a discreet but decided solution to a particular set of technical, esthetic, or narrative problems.

Rezac is extraordinarily sensitive to the nuances of his materials, to their weight, color, and tactility. The pitted cast-iron surface of Veil, 1987, a wall piece that achieves monumentality in spite

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