Best in Show: Richard Stankiewicz
The Village Voice
February 23, 2007
The macho abstractions of yore are embodied in these welded steel sculptures from the mid–20th century: rusted hot-water tanks joined to corroded mufflers or draped with weathered, industrial-grade chains stand like comic but vaguely menacing sentinels. Stankiewicz (1922–83) was not afraid to use drain holes for eyes or slap on an exhaust-pipe nose, and 1963's Two Tank Figures, shot through with diagonal steel rails and leaning into each other like lurching drunks, combines Dadaist absurdity with blue-collar empathy.