Description: Richard Filipowski
Polish American, (1923-2008)
Untitled, 1946
colored pencil on paper
signed lower right.

Provenance: From a private collector, Indianapolis.

Biography from Richard Filipowski, best known for his abstract bronze and silver sculptures of intriguing depth and repetition, is also noted for first bringing the German Bauhaus philosophy and style to Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1952.

Born in Poland and raised in Canada, Filipowski trained at the Institute of Design in Chicago under Lázló Moholy-Nagy, a former Bauhaus faculty member and founder of the Chicago school. He was largely influenced by Moholy and taught for four years at the Institute after graduating.

In 1950 Filipowski was invited to Harvard, and taught at the Harvard University Design school before moving on to MIT where he introduced a curriculum modeled after the Bauhaus teachings. Filipowski emphasized "finding form" in his work whether it is sculpture, printing, drawing or painting.

His art has been part of exhibitions such as the Boston Arts Festival, Art for United States Embassies at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, as well as one-man shows at the Institute of Design in Chicago, the Linn Gallery in Illinois, and the Joan Peterson Gallery in Boston. His work is also part of numerous collections, including, the Addison Gallery of American Art in Andover Massachusetts and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

  • Dimensions: 15"H x 19 1/4"W (sight), 20"H x 24 1/2"W (frame)
  • Artist Name: Richard Filipowski
  • Medium: colored pencil on paper

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