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View of “Ulrich Rückriem,” 2015.

Ulrich Rückriem

Koenig & Clinton

View of “Ulrich Rückriem,” 2015.

For his first solo exhibition in New York in almost twenty years, Ulrich Rückriem quietly confounded the expectations of those familiar with his monumental sculptures. After all, it would not have been unreasonable to expect a spectacle like the one Michael Heizer presented at Gagosian earlier this year, that of an aging artist (now in his late seventies, Rückriem has been working consistently since the early 1960s) going bigger and brasher than ever before. But though Rückriem, like Heizer, is known for massive stone blocks, permutative methods, and an uncompromising, even contrarian personality that has perhaps impeded the institutional recognition his work warrants, he has proven that his impulse to create is radically different than that of his fellow Earth artist. The centerpiece of the exhibition, The Last Fifty Years, 2015, is a single work composed of seven individual

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