Rodney Quiriconi Constructions, 1960-1970

Feb. 8, 2013 - March 23, 2013

West Wing

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Rodney Quiriconi

Untitled

1966-67

mahogany with mirrored glass panes and brass fittings

6 1/2 x 6 1/2 x 2 1/2 inches

Rodney Quiriconi

Untitled

c. 1966

rosewood with mirrored glass panes, and brass fittings

16 3/4 x 17 x 2 1/2 inches

Rodney Quiriconi

Untitled

c.1964

rosewood with glass panes, steel ball steel rods, and brass fittings

9 x 9 x 9 inches

Rodney Quiriconi

Untitled

c. 1964

mahogany with steel ball, shaped brass rods, glass panes, and brass fittings

6 1/2 x 6 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches

Rodney Quiriconi

The Silence

1965

rosewood with mirrored glass panes and brass fittings

5 x 5 x 5 inches

Rodney Quiriconi

The Silence (detail)

1965

rosewood with mirrored glass panes and brass fittings

5 x 5 x 5 inches

Rodney Quiriconi

Untitled

c.1965

mahogany with mirrored glass panes, cotton, and brass fittings

24 x 2 1/2 x 1 inches

Rodney Quiriconi

Untitled

c.1960s

wooden cigar box with mahogany framing and mirrored glass panes

6 1/2 x 6 1/2 x 2 1/2 inches

Rodney Quiriconi

Untitled

1963

mahogany with rosewood framing, metal rings and rods, painted cork ball, glass pane, and brass fittings

7 1/2 x 6 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches

Rodney Quiriconi

Untitled

c. 1965

rosewood with mirrored glass panes, steel ball, brass rods and fittings

3 1/2 x 3 1/2 x 2 inches

Rodney Quiriconi

Silent Column

c. 1966

mahogany with mirrored glass panes, and brass fittings

21 x 5 x 3 1/4 inches

Rodney Quiriconi

Portrait

c.1964

mahogany with glass panes, steel ball, steel rod, glass ring, and brass fittings

5 1/2 x 5 1/4 x 3 3/4 inches

Rodney Quiriconi

No. IV

c.1966

mahogany with mirrored glass panes, brass fittings

10 1/4 x 2 x 1 1/2 inches

Installation view



Press Release

Rodney Quiriconi (b. Chicago, 1933) was well known in Chicago in the 1960s and ‘70s.  One of the only artists of the era to have drawn extensively on Minimalism, Quiriconi was neighbors with H.C. Westermann, whose use of rare woods directly influenced him. At the outset of the 1960s, he was working as a painter, but gradually moved into making intricate, exquisitely crafted box constructions, using metal, glass, wood, and mirror.  The earliest boxes were relatives of Joseph Cornell’s, with similar roots in a Surrealist collage sensibility, but deeper into the 1960s they became more stripped down and experimental.

Over the years, Quiriconi was associated with several legendary Chicago galleries, including Dell and Phyllis Kind, and he participated in numerous exhibitions at the Hyde Park Art Center.  This is the first solo presentation of a group of his vintage works in over thirty years.

A full-color, 16-page catalog

, with an essay by John Corbett, accompanies the exhibition.