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RICHARD FILIPOWSKI (Polish, 1923-2008)

Genesis, ca.1960-65

Phosphor bronze and silver

35" H x 40" W x 2.5" D

Richard Filipowski was a U.S.-based artist and member of the New Bauhaus. Born in Poland in 1923, Filipowski’s family emigrated to Canada in 1927. Inspired by his teenage discovery of a MoMA exhibition catalog on the Bauhaus school, FIlipowski decided to pursue a formal eduction in the arts. Upon the completion of his studies, Filipowski sought out Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, a founding member at the New Bauhaus, appealing to him for his mentorship. So impressed by the young Filipowski’s talents and tenacity, Moholy-Nagy invited him to join his program. There he was instructed in a range of media, including painting and metalwork, all under the tenants and style of the Bauhaus. A remarkable apprentice, Filipowski was eventually asked to join the faculty at the New Bauhaus where he taught alongside Walter Gropius and Marcel Breuer from 1946-1950. He would subsequently go on to hold positions at the Institute of Design in Chicago as well as the Harvard School of Design and MIT.

While Filipowski was a prolific artist, creating hundreds of drawings, paintings, and sculptures, he was deeply private about his personal creative endeavors. Referring to them as an “art of the psyche,” he believed that they were purely a process of self-expression and exploration, a personal endeavor not subject to a criticism of commercialization. This impulse towards privacy, coupled with his lifelong dedication to educating others, were contributing factors to his having achieved less notoriety than some of his Bauhaus peers.

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