Wisch Family Gallery

September 23, 2021 - March 13, 2022

Sam Richardson (1934-2013), a California native, created small-scaled, finely crafted poetic sculptures that influenced a generation of artists and students and helped push the boundaries of landscape art in the West. The exhibition, which includes Most of that Iceberg is Below the Water (1969) from the permanent collection and works on loan from private lenders, focuses on Richardson’s polyurethane foam, acrylic, and polyester resin sculpture from the late 1960s to the mid-1970s. Richardson’s representations of uninhabited landscape and sections of geologic forms carry new relevance as they evoke contemporary questions of environmental change, migration, borders, and home.


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Related Program: Sam Richardson Revisited
Friday, October 15 2021

Sam Richardson Watts is named for his grandfather, artist Sam Richardson. Watts will be speaking about the artist’s oeuvre over decades of his work, spanning from drawings to epoxy sculptures. Join Watts for a Q&A after gallery viewing. Sam Richardson Watts is a teacher, collector, curator and father of two living in Marfa, Texas.


Image: Sam Richardsom, Most of that Iceberg is Below the Water, 1969, plywood, polyurethane foam, polyester resin, fiberglass, polyester filler, and lacquers, Anderson Collection at Stanford University, 10 x 14 x 14 in. 2014.1.015