Richard Humann

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Richard Humann
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Born 1961
New York
Education Harriman College
Movement neo-conceptual artist

Richard Humann (born 1961) is a New York City-based American neo-conceptual artist. His art delves deep into concept and ideas, and he uses a multitude of materials to create his installations, sculptures, videos, and sound projects. Richard Humann’s influences are as broad ranging as from Donald Judd, and Nam June Paik, to Jonathan Borofsky.[1] His artwork bears conceptual similarities and to that of Joseph Kosuth, Sol LeWitt, Lawrence Weiner, Edward Ruscha, and Robert Morris.

Critics have described his career as; “Humann’s installation and environmental art pre-dates by half a decade the forceful movement in that direction that occurred in Williamsburg from 1989 and into the 90s. To me, it seems to fair to say that northern Brooklyn installation art begins with Richard Humann”,[2] and “Humann’s experimental approach led to works that juxtapose historically sanctioned self-exploration with the tightening noose of academic appropriation and the globalized international art market.”[3] “Humann translates language from a transportation of thought into a thought to be perceived. He objectifies language, confronting our symbolic codes as simple and physical, and thus objective—as objects to be seen rather than conveyances to be seen through.”[4]


Richard Humann grew up in Stony Point, New York, which is located in the lower Hudson Valley region of New York State. He began his formal art training at an early age with the painter, George White. Later, he graduated from Harriman College, where he earned a degree in art. In 1985, Richard moved to the Greenpoint/Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, where he still lives and maintains his art studio. He divides his personal time between Brooklyn, and Woodstock, NY.[5]


Major exhibits[edit]

Major exhibits include Dia Art Foundation, New York, NY (1988,Three Doors); Tampere Art Museum, Tampere, Finland ( 2004, Delicate Monster); Kemi Art Museum, Kemi, Finland (2003, Where Troubles Melt Like Lemon Drops); Museum of Contemporary Art, Sonoma, CA (2002, New York Art); Museo Cristóbal Gabarrón, Murcia, Spain (2007, Revolutions) His work has appeared and been reviewed in the following publications: The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Village Voice, Dwell, New York Arts, ArtReview, The New Yorker, Sculpture, American Craft, Flash Art, Artforum and Art in America. His current bassword miniatures are featured in American Craft magazine (2007). His work has also been shown at galleries in the United States and abroad including Lance Fung Gallery, New York, NY; Gallery St. Gertrud Malmo, Sweden; Kunst+Technik, Berlin, Germany; Leo Kamen Gallery, Toronto, Canada; Project Row Houses, Houston, TX; Gasworks Gallery, London, England; Cornerhouse, Manchester, England; L Gallery, Moscow, Russia; Planet Art Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa; Samzie Space, Seoul, Korea; Elga Wimmer Gallery, New York, NY; Voorkamer Gallery, Lier, Belgium; and Corridor Gallery, Reykjavik, Iceland.

Humann has received awards from the New York State Council on the Arts and the Brooklyn Arts Council.

Selected solo exhibitions[edit]

Selected Solo Exhibitions
Year Title Gallery Location
2010 In Nomine Patris A&AH, University of Rhode Island Kingston, RI
2008 You Must Be This Tall Elga Wimmer Gallery New York, NY
2007 Revolutions Museo Cristóbal Gabarrón Murcia, Spain
2005 The Quiet Argument Aine Art Museum Tornio, Finland
2004 Broken English Elga Wimmer Gallery New York, NY
Delicate Monster Tampere Art Museum Tampere, Finland
2003 Body Language Karolyn Sherwood Gallery Des Moines, IA
A Childish Fear Lance Fung Gallery New York, NY
Where Troubles Melt Like Lemon Drops Kemi Museum of Art Kemi, Finland
2001 Possessions for Judgment Day Project Row Houses Houston, TX
2000 Evidence of My Being Lance Fung Gallery New York, NY
1998 Psycho Killer Lance Fung Gallery New York, NY
1997 Shakespeare in Code Ridge Gallery New York, NY
The Lightbox Williamsburg Art & Historical Center Williamsburg, Brooklyn
1988 Cover-Up EV7 Galleryy Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Selected group exhibitions[edit]

Selected Group Exhibitions
Year Title Gallery Location
2010 Buhl Collection: Speaking With Hands Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts Kaohsiung City, Taiwan
The Billboard Project Richmond, VA
Nature of the Beast (Curator) HP Garcia Gallery New York, NY
Project Birch Forest, The Waste Land White Box New York, NY
2009 Buhl Collection: Speaking With Hands Daelim Contemporary Art Museum Seoul, Korea
Black Madonna HP Garcia Gallery New York, NY
Summer Exhibition Elga Wimmer Gallery New York, NY
Rozelle - Wards Sydney, Australia
2007 Elga Wimmer Gallery New York, NY
Digiscape: Unexplored Terrain Pace Digital Gallery New York, NY
Transparency Middlebury College Museum of Art Middleburry, VT
2006 Corridor Gallery Reykjavik, Iceland
2005 R3 Castle Gallery, College of New Rochelle New Rochelle, NY
2004 Black on White Elga Wimmer Gallery New York, NY
Pierogi a Go Go Pierogi Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Personal Space Gigantic ArtSpace [GAS New York, NY
2003 La Biennale di Venezia Palazzo Zorzi Venice, Italy
Super Depth Mapping Union Gallery University of Maryland, MD
Summer Reading Schroeder Romero Gallery Williamsburg, Brooklyn
2002 New York Art Museum of Contemporary Art Sonoma, CA
Mapping The Vicinity Voorkamer Gallery Lier, Belgium
2001 Ssamzie Site Specific Ssamzie Space Seoul, Korea
Going Home The Hopper House Museum Nyack, NY
Crossing Parallels Lance Fung Gallery New York, NY
32 lbs. of Head The State of Art Gallery Williamsburg, Brooklyn
2000 Eyewash Liege Museum of Art Liege, Belgium
InfoZone Bronx Museum Bronx, New York
The Last Waltz Gallery St. Gertrud Malm, Sweden
Art Museum of South Texas Corpus Christi, Texas
1999 The Last Waltz Grekiskt Kulturcentrum Stockholm, Sweden
Apocalypse Williamsburg Art & Historical Center Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Line Lance Fung Gallery New York, NY
1998 The Planet Art Gallery Cape Town, South Africa
Kunst+Technik Berlin, Germany
A Collection of Actions Lance Fung Gallery New York, NY
L Gallery Moscow, Russia
5 from Williamsburg Leo Kamen Gallery Toronto, Canada
The Concrete Signal York College Galleries York, PA
Contemporary New York Art Eleven East Ashland Phoenix, AZ
1997 New York Exchange Eklektikos Gallery Washington D.C.
New York Drawers (Pierogi Flat Files) Gasworks Gallery London, England
New York Drawers (Pierogi Flat Files) Cornerhouse Manchester, England
1996 Pierogi Files Submitted Pierogi Williamsburg, Brooklyn
1988 Three Doors DIA Art Foundation New York, NY


  1. ^ "Interview with Richard Humann". Artery NYC. 2011-12-06. 
  2. ^ "thirty9". Autonomy and Immersion - Ethan Petit. 2012-05-10. 
  3. ^ "Evidence of Being: A Conversation with Richard Humann". Sculpture Magazine - Lisa Paul Streitfeld. July–August 2009. 
  4. ^ Cohen, Mark Daniel (1999). "Richard Humann: Codes: The Ardency of Codes in the Art of Richard Humann". Lance Fung Gallery. 
  5. ^ "Artists: Famous Inhabitants". Woodstock NY Chamber of Commerce and Arts. 

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