About the artist:
Richard Nonas (American, 1936 -) is known for modular sculptural installations, primarily in stone or wood, in interior and exterior settings. Carter Ratcliff wrote that "we cannot grasp a Nonas sculpture simply by thinking about it. His works call for intuitive, empathetic responses."
His work has been compared to Richard Serra, Joel Shapiro, and Dorothea Rockburne. He has shown his work internationally. He created a 300-foot long installation in the U.S. at MassMoca in a one-person exhibition, Richard Nonas: The Man in the Empty Space. His work was featured in the 1973 Whitney Biennial. Courtney Fiske has written that Nonas treats "space as a material", that each work is intended to be a "blunt insertion into the viewer's surrounds. His approach to minimalism not only includes serialiity, but also maintain a sense of self-containment and timelessness." Joyce Beckenstein writing for Sculpture Magazine, describes Nonas' studio as a "Wunderkammer piled high with artifacts and relics as well as past and in-progress works....with the unexpected surprises of an archaeological dig.
Nonas' work is included in the collection of the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN, the Metropolitan Museum and the Whitney Museum of American Art among others. His work is also included in the permanent collection of the Fondazione Ratti, Italy.