Richard Nonas’s studio, a Wunderkammer piled high with artifacts and relics, as well as past and in-progress works, unfolds with the unexpected surprises of an archaeological dig. Hunkered down within a jungle of antique vises and drills, ladders, chains, axes, arbitrarily stacked books, pulleys, rugs, handmade kayaks, and countless constructions of wood and steel are collections of exotic masks and curiosities.Download
FIAC 2017: Top galleries in “Avenue Winston Churchill, On Site”
FIAC 2017, the International Art Fair exhibiting the best Contemporary Art galleries of the world, awaits its grand opening on October 19 in Paris. This year FIAC will have two sub-sections, Avenue Winston Churchill and Petit Palais, showcasing outdoor works featuring seminal works by the most prominent galleries all over the world. These two sub-sections fall in FIAC’s new sub division of “On Site” that was introduced last year.Read More
September 20, 2017
Textile as Art: Antonio Ratti entrepreneur and patron, curated by Lorenzo Benedetti and Maddalena Terragni, October 1-January 7, 2018
The lovely, spacious Fields Sculpture Park at the Omi International Art Center in Ghent holds nearly 80 works, many installed long term, by Dennis Adams, Donald Baechler, Dove Bradshaw, Folkert de Jong, Donald Lipski, Richard Nonas, Alison Saar and others. The park is open daily.Read More
March 3, 2017
The 20 Best Booths at The Armory Show
ARTSY EDITORIAL by Alexxa Gotthardt
Fergus McCaffrey’s elegant booth mingles the practices of two American artists who came of age in the 1960s and happen to be great friends. The works of Marcia Hafif and Richard Nonas, however, differ greatly—and that’s precisely what makes this presentation so compelling. Hafif’s hyper-saturated canvases featuring curvaceous forms that resemble bodily contours (she calls these her “Pop-Minimal” paintings) draw you in. Nonas’s more subtle patinaed steel sculptures cover the floor. They resemble architectural forms or ritualized objects; given Nonas’s early years as an anthropologist, they just might be inspired by them, too.Read More
February 24, 2017
Beer with a Painter: Craig Stockwell
Hyperallergic by Jennifer Samet
... In 1980, Alanna Heiss invited me to do a large installation at PS1, in a show of eight sculptors including Richard Nonas, Mark di Suvero, and Louise Bourgeois. Because of that show, I moved to New York, and, quite accidentally, to Williamsburg...Read More
Please join us Saturday, February 25 at 3:00 PM for an exhibition walk-through with the artist, Richard Nonas. Space is limited, please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
February 6, 2017
The Armory Show 2017
Visit us at booth 505 Fergus McCaffrey is pleased to present a selection of paintings from the 1960s by Marcia Hafif (born 1929) and steel and wood floor sculptures, dating from the early 1970s to the present day, by Richard Nonas (born 1936).
Thanks to everyone who came out for our Richard Nonas: SLANT opening at Fergus McCaffrey, New York! On view through March 25. Find more images on our Facebook page.
January 8, 2017
Lo spazio misurato. Richard Nonas torna a Bologna
Atribune by Claudio Musso
P420, Bologna – fino al 14 gennaio 2017. La scultura come forza ed equilibrio della materia: la pietra, il legno, il metallo. L’artista-antropologo americano analizza lo spazio attraverso l’avvicendamento di ripetizione e variazione, disposizione e alterazione.Read More
PS1 at 40: The old school’s ‘new school’ ages well
Queens Chronicle by Neil Chiragdin
Elsewhere, “Alligator (with side-men)” by Richard Nonas proved popular with the social media set — lolling out across two rooms of the gallery, the steel work makes an impression. Nonas is credited with being the first artist Heiss invited to the “Forty” exhibition, and was a driving force in the early years of PS1, when professional riggers were not to be expected, and artists working with heavy materials depended on each other for assistance with installation. A fierce friend of Heiss, she notes that the two have often been overheard arguing, but, in her words, “In reality we are reliving a continuing dialogue about the best way to place objects in space.”Read More
July 14, 2016
The Anti-Museum Director: Alanna Heiss on the 40th Anniversary of PS1 Contemporary Art Center
ARTnews by M.H. Miller
Beginning around 1971, Heiss was living in New York City and started to set up a variety of uncommercial art spaces in downtown Manhattan. The first of these was at 10 Bleecker Street, an abandoned but very large space. (The building is now luxury apartments that rent for about $9,000 a month.) She showed sculptors there like Nancy Holt and Richard Nonas. Philip Glass—the first cousin of Heiss’s first husband—set up a rehearsal studio with his ensemble in the building.Read More
July 6, 2016
Alternative Art Pioneer Is Back With ‘Forty’
The Wall Street Journal by Andy Battaglia
“The clearest way of talking about the difference [Ms. Heiss made] was getting rid of the pedestal and those aspects that made art important by giving it prestige,” said Richard Nonas, an 80-year-old artist included in “Forty.” “Alanna changed the way art is seen and thought about publicly more than almost anybody else of my generation.”
Mr. Nonas’s large steel sculpture “Alligator” lies on the floor of a second-floor gallery, in the same spot it occupied in “Rooms,” though the setting has evolved. In 1976, the walls of the derelict building were raw and falling down. Now, they are museum-grade white and cooled by air conditioning.Read More
May 6, 2016
What Sold At Frieze New York So Far?
artnet news by Eileen Kinsella
Fergus McCaffrey's solo presentation of Richard Nonas' works received positive curatorial attention and had strong sales. Eleven works were sold at prices ranging from $12,500–45,000.Read More
May 5, 2016
Frieze New York Expanding Its Scope
The New York Times by Ted Loos
At first, not everyone thought that the art fair Frieze New York was such a great idea, given its location on the seldom-traveled Randalls Island in the East River.
“There was a certain amount of skepticism among dealers,” said Fergus McCaffrey, proprietor of an eponymous gallery in the art-dense New York neighborhood of Chelsea. “Would people travel to Randalls Island?”
They would, and they did. Frieze New York returns for its fifth edition on Thursday and runs until Sunday, featuring 202 galleries from 31 countries.
“I was one of the skeptics, but I was quickly converted,” said Mr. McCaffrey, who started showing at the fair in its second edition and this year devotes his booth to the work of the post-Minimalist sculptor Richard Nonas.
The success of Frieze New York can be attributed to its points of difference — fine-food offerings and a serpentine, unusually light-filled tent — but also some basic market factors.
“We all chase our tails from one art fair to another, but the heart of the matter is that New York, and America, are the absolute center of the commercial art world,” Mr. McCaffrey said.Read More
April 27, 2016
Cinco en Mayo
Blouin Art+Auction by Deborah Wilk
May in New York has always been a busy time for the arterati, with the important spring auctions a starred highlight on the market calendar. As if this year, however, the number of fairs broadening the month's appeal fir those traveling to the Big Apple has reach double digits. Here, we detail five worth your time.
Frieze New York May 5 Through 8 Randall's Island Park
After launching Frieze Masters in 2012, Victoria Siddall returns for her second year helming the New York version of Frieze on the occasion of the operator's 25th anniversary and fifth outing in America. This year 200 global galleries provide offerings on Randall's Island, accessed by a leisurely boat ride on the East River.Download
April 25, 2016
Currently on view at MASS MoCA, Richard Nonas: The Man in the Empty Space features both a survey of past works and a new site-specific commission for some 15,000 sq. ft. of space. This exhibition is the artist's first East Coast museum show in thirty years.
Concurrent with the exhibition, MASS MoCA has released a video of Richard Nonas installing his powerful works for this astounding show. View Video
April 21, 2016
Stone and Steel Sculptures Tap into a Museum’s Industrial Roots
Hyperallergic by Robert Moeller
Nonas’ monumental installation, “Single Artificer” (2016), part of the exhibition The Man in the Empty Space, sprawls across the floor of the museum’s Building 5, consisting of railroad ties arranged in a bending curve, filling the long gallery with what appears to be a segment of a railroad line. Three large chairs, “Granite Chairs (2016 Series, Chairs for Björn),” sit like markers at intervals beside the suggested railroad’s path. The chairs offer little in the way of comfort, but rather infer, by their bulk and gravitas, memorials or rough unworked headstones. Accompanying the chairs are stools cut from the same granite, and they, too, sit languid and cool. Nonas uses a minimalistic approach, a simple gesture or a basic series of cuts, to offer up the complexities of the environment his work inhabits. What’s implied is that the history of the museum’s buildings is complicated, and this site-specific work insists upon that. An easy rendering of the piece might conclude that Nonas has seized upon the idea of the railroad as intrinsic to the museum’s history, the connective tissue that allowed raw materials in and finished products to be sent out. But instead, the piece feels more about the human experience of the place — its anthropology, as it were. Despite the scale of the work, and the rough-hewn feel of the materials Nonas uses, the grittiness of lived experience and a real human past prevails here, something that is perhaps less about the architecture and the factory’s process, and more about the factory workers themselves.Read More
Sculptor Richard Nonas mingles nature, culture at Mass MoCA
The Boston Globe By Stacey Kors
In Mass MoCA’s hangar-size Building 5, a 300-foot swath of old railroad ties gently curves across the worn concrete floor. Sunlight streams through the rows of windows lining the brick walls of the former factory, projecting bands of light down the building’s length that mirror, and engage with, the stretch of track — a crossroads of the natural world and the manmade.
“I work on the edge between nature and culture,” says sculptor Richard Nonas, walking through the cavernous gallery, “between space and place. What we think of as culture is simply assigning human meaning to those things that don’t start out having it. Place is the physical world, filled with human meaning.
“This,” he adds, gesturing toward his softly arcing installation, “is as much about these windows as it is about that line.”Read More
September 29, 2015
Richard Nonas at MASS MoCA, 2016
On view beginning February 2016, Building 5:
For five decades, Richard Nonas has created a body of work whose terse, reduced vocabulary belies its power to fundamentally alter our sense of space, time, landscape, and architecture. His totemic sculptures — made from earthy and industrial materials that have a timeless character (wooden railroad ties, granite curbstones, massive boulders, and thick steel plates) — have reimagined space and terrain all over the world.
With horizontally oriented, ground-based works and wall-mounted works executed in a wide range of dimensions and weights, Nonas has developed a vocabulary of serialized geometric forms that both command and alter their environments, while retaining an intimate, human scale.
In one of his most ambitious projects to date, the artist’s quietly powerful sculpture will occupy and transform MASS MoCA’s Building 5, the museum’s signature gallery, which is nearly a football field in length. The museum’s history as a manufacturing plant makes MASS MoCA a particularly fitting venue for Nonas, who, since his early career — when he and his peers presented guerrilla exhibitions in alternative spaces — has often been drawn to raw industrial buildings.
Nonas will create a major new work specifically for the trussed, window-lined Building 5, and will also install a selection of existing sculpture. The monumental exhibition will bring well-deserved attention to Nonas’ lifelong practice and his significant influence.Read More
February 23, 2015
Artist Encounter: Richard Nonas
Join us for a special evening at CIMA’s Medardo Rosso exhibition with acclaimed sculptor Richard Nonas.Read More