American, born 1935
The Chase, 1965
44⅝ x 66½ x 52½ inches
Born and raised in Chicago, Richard Hunt began modeling in clay and carving as a teenager. He was intrigued from a young age by metalwork in the African collection of the Field Museum of Natural History, where his mother, a librarian there, would frequently take him. His experience working in a zoological lab at the University of Chicago contributed to his fascination with animal and insect forms.
Hunt attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago from 1953 to 1957. In 1959, at an annual show for artists in the Chicago area, Hunt won his first award. As a result, the work he had submitted was purchased by the Museum of Modern Art. In 1971 MoMA held a retrospective of Hunt’s work—the first retrospective of an African American artist to be held at the museum. The Chase was a highlight in this landmark exhibition and is one of Hunt’s most important early works in his mature industrial style.