Michael Richards (sculptor)

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Michael Rolando Richards (August 2, 1963-September 11, 2001) was a Jamaican-American sculptor whose works frequently explored African American themes.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Born in Jamaica, Richards earned his master's at New York University. He was an artist-in-residence at the Studio Museum in Harlem in 1996 and showed his work there in "Passages" in 1999.[2]

Richards' 1999 sculpture Tar Baby vs. St. Sebastian, was cast from his own body and resembles a Tuskegee Airman whose body is being pierced by airplane, reminiscent of iconography for St. Sebastian.[3] Today the piece is in the collection of the North Carolina Museum of Art.[4]

Richards died, aged 38, in the World Trade Center in the September 11 attacks.[5]


  1. ^ Haasim (September 15, 2010). The Sculpture of Michael Rolando Richards.. The Black Art Depot Today
  2. ^ Staff report (September 25, 2001). Artnet News Artnet
  3. ^ "Remembering Michael Richards". studiomuseum.org. Retrieved 8 April 2015. 
  4. ^ "9/11 victim's 'Tar Baby' now on display". DeseretNews.com. 11 January 2004. Retrieved 8 April 2015. 
  5. ^ Marks, Peter; Vogel, Carol (September 17, 2001). Arts Groups at a Tragedy's Center Try to Assess Where to Begin. New York Times

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