Richard Erdman (artist)

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Richard Erdman
Richard Erdman with his marble sculpture, Volante.
Born Richard Stewart Erdman
(1952-05-20) May 20, 1952 (age 65)
Princeton, New Jersey, United States
Nationality American
Known for sculpture, painting
Movement Abstract Bronze and Marble Sculpture, Modernism
Spouse(s) Madeleine Dammers Austin
Patron(s) Donald M. Kendall

Richard Erdman (born May 20, 1952) is an American artist. His family moved to Vermont when he was a child. He was a two-time NCAA All-American skier at the University of Vermont. Erdman is the grandson of Charles R. Erdman, Jr., former mayor of Princeton. Erdman grew up in Dorset, VT at the foothills of the oldest marble quarries in the U.S., not surprisingly, these early experiences greatly influenced this sculptor’s life and work. He marveled at the cavernous shapes and formations of the quarries whose weather-beaten layers and textures unveiled the mystery of stone. He also engaged his passion of joyous physicality and risk-taking, leaping from high quarry walls to the water below challenged by new heights and dreams. These two elements - a love of the medium and an intimate relationship with nature’s raw energy and beauty, inform his work today. Richard’s adaptability and his intimate understanding of the materials with which he sculpts have led to the creation of a prolific body of work which encompasses intimate maquettes to massive monumental works. Known for his forward-thinking modern adaptations of marble and bronze sculptures in graceful, flowing designs, Richard Erdman’s massive marble sculptures weighing up to 50 tons defy gravity, bringing warmth and light to their resilient stone bodies



Since Erdman began his career in 1975, the artist’s work has been shown in more than 160 solo and group exhibitions throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. He has executed over 120 commissioned works for museums, public, and corporate collections. His work is held in collections in 52 countries worldwide for distinguished patrons such as The Minneapolis Institute of Art, Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Princeton University, The Rockefeller Collection in New York, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Four Seasons Park in Singapore, King Faisal Foundation in Riyadh, Shangri-La Hotel in Beijing, Bharti Airtel in New Delhi, and Handsome Fashion in Seoul. In 1985 PepsiCo commissioned Erdman to create the monumental sculpture titled Passage, which stands like a sentinel at the entrance to the esteemed Donald M. Kendall Sculpture Gardens at PepsiCo, considered to be one of the finest collections of 20th century outdoor sculpture. Carved from a massive 450 ton block of travertine, the 25 by 16 foot Passage is the largest sculpture in the world carved from a single block of travertine; it wondrously embodies lightness, fluidity, and grace, epitomizing Erdman’s ability to create the chimerical from the prosaic.

Richard Erdman, Passage. 1985 Monumental travertine sculpture. Donald M. Kendall Sculpture Gardens, Pepsico Headquarters, Purchase, NY
Cascata, 2014 Monumental bronze sculpture. Private collection, Grand Rapids, MI.
Venture, 1993 Carrara marble. Four Seasons Hotel, Singapore.

Major collections[edit]

  • Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT
  • Allentown Art Museum, Allentown, PA
  • Carpathian Foundation, Kosice, Slovakia
  • Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, Flint, MI
  • Dolly Fiterman Fine Arts, Minneapolis, MN
  • Donald M. Kendall Sculpture Gardens at PepsiCo, Purchase, NY
  • East West Institute, New York, Prague, Moscow, Brussels
  • EcoLean International A/S, Sweden
  • Enea Tree Museum, Rapperswil-Jona, Switzerland
  • Four Seasons Hotel, St. Louis, MO
  • Four Seasons Hotel, Singapore
  • Four Seasons Park, Singapore
  • Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA
  • Green Mountain Valley School, Waitsfield, VT
  • Herbert Johnson Museum, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
  • John E. Fetzer Foundation, Kalamazoo, MI
  • JP Morgan Chase, New York, NY
  • King Faisal Foundation, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • Lumiere Place, St. Louis, MO
  • Marriott Hotel, Burlington, VT
  • MGM Grand, Detroit, MI
  • Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, MN
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
  • Norton Museum of Art, Palm Beach, FL
  • Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton, NJ
  • Ringling School of Art, Sarasota, FL
  • Robert Hull Fleming Museum, Burlington, VT
  • Rockefeller Collection, New York, NY
  • Sasak Peace Foundation, Tokyo, Japan
  • Seven Bridges Foundation, Greenwich, CT
  • Shelby Cullom Davis Foundation, Bethesda, MD
  • Southern Vermont Art Center, Manchester, VT
  • Stratton Educational Foundation, Stratton Mountain, VT
  • Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv, Israel
  • The Menninger Foundation, Topeka, KS
  • United Nations, New York, NY
  • United States Olympic Foundation, Stowe, VT
  • University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN
  • University of Vermont, Burlington, VT
  • Valley Hospital, Ridgewood, NJ
  • Weintraub Sculpture Garden, Tel Aviv, Israel
  • Weishaupt Museum of Contemporary Art, Ulm, Germany


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