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RICHARD ERDMAN

 

Internationally acclaimed artist Richard Erdman makes the impossible occur on a routine basis: From the seemingly grounded to the truly ethereal, his sculptures express a vitality which transcends their temporality. The inspirations for his creations are multi-faceted and varied. They do, however, have a common thread evolving from the artist's own reverence for nature, which was crystallized during his early years in Vermont.

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.
 

The artist’s work has been shown in more than 140 solo and group exhibitions throughout North America, Europe and Asia. He has executed over 100 commissioned works for museums, public, and corporate collections. His work is held in collections in 50 countries worldwide for distinguished patrons such as; The Minneapolis Institute of Art, Princeton University, 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, Handsome Fashion in Seoul, The Rockefeller Collection in New York, to name a few. In 1985 PepsiCo commissioned Erdman to create the monumental sculpture Passage, which stands like a sentinel at the entrance to the esteemed Donald M. Kendall sculpture gardens at PepsiCo, considered to be the finest collection 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 marble; it wondrously embodies lightness, fluidity and grace, epitomizing Erdman’s ability to create the chimerical from the prosaic.

Richard Erdman and his wife Madeleine live in Williston, VT and divide time between studios in Vermont and Carrara, Italy.

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

Aldrich Mus. of Contemp. Art

RIDGEFIELD, CT

 

Allentown Art Museum            

ALLENTOWN, PA

 

Belmont Group

DALLAS, TX

 

Bowdoin College Mus. of Arts

BRUNSWICK, ME

 

Carpathian Foundation          

KOSICE, SLOVAKIA

 

Charles Stewart Mott Found.

FLINT, MI

 

Conrad Intl. Hotel

SINGAPORE

 

Dolly Fiterman Fine Arts

MINNEAPOLIS, MN

 

Donald M. Kendall Sculpture

Gardens at PepsiCo

PURCHASE, NY

 

Dorothy Alling Mem. Library

WILLISTON, VT

 

East West Institute

NEW YORK, NY

 

EcoLean Intl. A/S

SWEDEN

 

Enterprise Corp. Park

SHELTON, CT

 

Fetzer Institute

KALAMAZOO, MI

 

Four Seasons Hotel

SINGAPORE

 

Four Seasons Hotel

ST. LOUIS, MO

 

Four Seasons Park

SINGAPORE

 

Georgia Institute of Tech.

ATLANTA, GA

 

Green Mountain Valley Sch.

WAITSFIELD, VT

 

Halkin Hotel

LONDON, ENGLAND

 

Handsome Fashion Inc.

SEOUL, KOREA

 

Herbert Johnson Mus.

CORNELL UNIVERSITY,

ITHACA, NY

 

Hilti Foundation

VADUZ, LICHTENSTEIN

 

Hilton Intl.

SINGAPORE

 

Ihilani Resort Intl.

OHAHU, HI

 

JP Morgan Chase

NEW YORK, NY

 

King Faisal Found.

RIYADH, Saud Arabia

 

Lumière Place

ST. LOUIS, MO

 

Maeda Env. Art Co.

TOKYO, JAPAN

 

Mason Creek Park

Houston, TX

 

Marriott Hotel

BURLINGTON, VT

 

Mediterranean Cruise Lines

NAPLES, FL

 

Methodist Hospital

HOUSTON, TX

 

MGM Grand

DETROIT, MI

 

Minneapolis Inst. of Art

MINNEAPOLIS, MN

 

Museum of Fine Arts

BOSTON, MA

 

Norton Museum of Art

PALM BEACH, FL

 

Osborn Center

RYE, NY

 

Princeton Univ. Art Museum

PRINCETON, NJ

 

Ringling Coll. Art and Design

SARASOTA, FL

 

Robert Hull Fleming Mus.

BURLINGTON, VT

 

Rockefeller Coll.

NEW YORK, NY

 

Sasak Peace Found.

TOKYO, JAPAN

 

Seven Bridges Found.

GREENWICH, CT

 

Shangri-La Hotel

BEIJING, CHINA

 

Shelby Cullom Davis Found.

BETHESDA, MD

 

Southern Vermont Art Ctr.

MANCHESTER, VT

 

Stratton Educational Found.

STRATTON MTN., VT

 

Tel Aviv Museum of Art

TEL AVIV, Israel

 

The Menninger Found.

TOPEKA, KS

 

Tia Foundation 

BOSTON, MA

 

United Nations

NEW YORK, NY

 

RECENT PUBLICATIONS

 

2013

Richard Erdman: Sculpture in Stone and Bronze

Design by Justin Gonyea

 

2012

The Modern Tradition: West Branch Gallery

Introduction by Peter Frank

 

2010

Richard Erdman: Open Air

Design by R. Elliott Katz, Introduction by Peter Frank

 

2009

Seven Bridges Collection: The 1st 15 Years

Anna Burgess; Photos by Gavin Ashworth

 

Scene for the Sidewalk: Adventure Publications

MINNEAPOLIS, MN

 

2008

Richard Erdman- A Retrospective

Essay by Peter Frank, Published by Skylark Press

LOS ANGELES, CA

 

The Modern Tradition: Leestemaker & Erdman

BOSTON, MA

 

Festival of the Arts

Southern Vt. Arts Center

MANCHESTER, VT

 

Where Magazine

BOSTON, MA

 

In Their Own Words: The Artists of Lumière Place

LAS VEGAS, NV

 

Autumn 2008 Winter

Cavalier Galleries

GREENWICH, CT

 

CORPORATE COLLECTIONS

Air Products & Chem. Inc.

ALLENTOWN, PA

 

AKZO Nobel Inc.

THE NETHERLANDS

 

Altera Corp.

SAN HOSE, CA

 

American Intl. Grp.

NEW YORK, NY

 

Andrew Corp.

NEW YORK, NY

 

ANR Pipeline Corp.

DETROIT, MI

 

B.A.T. Industries PLC

LONDON, ENGLAND

 

Bechtel Corporation

NEW YORK, NY

 

Bertholon Rowland Corp.

DETROIT, MI

 

Bharti Enterprises

NEW DEHLI, INDIA

 

Blackstone Group

MENLO PARK, CA

 

Canadian Corp. Funding

MONTREAL, CANADA

 

Cargill Corporation

MINNEAPOLIS, M

 

Centon Electronics Inc.

IRVINE, CA

 

CJX Holdings

TEQUESTA, FL

 

Credit Suisse 1st Boston

NEW YORK, NY

 

Deutsche Bank

NEW YORK, NY

 

Dynamic Gunver Tech.

MANCHESTER, CT

 

Enrich Oil Corp.

ABILENE, TX

 

Enterprise Corp. Park

SHELTON, CT

 

Evans Corporation

CHICAGO, IL

 

Galveston-Houston Corp.

HOUSTON, TX

 

Goldman, Sachs & Co.

NEW YORK, NY

 

Humana Corp.

LOUISVILLE, KY

 

IBM Corporation

ESSEX JCT., VT

 

International Silver Corp.

MERIDEN, CT

 

Johnson & Johnson Corp.

NEW BRUSWICK, NJ

 

Key Investment Co.

MINNEAPOLIS, MN

 

Linclay Corp.

CINCINNATI, OH

 

Lindenmaier Praizisiou A.G.

LAUPHEIM, GERMANY

 

Lytle Enterprises

SEATTLE, WA

 

Max Weishaupt Gmbh

SCHWENDI, GERMANY

 

MBNA Bank America

WILMINGTON, DE

 

North American Cerutti Corp.

PITTSBURGH, PA

 

Ortho Pharmaceutical Corp.

RARITAN, NJ

 

Pardee Resources Co.

PHILADELPHIA, PA

 

PKV Racing

INDIANAPOLIS, IL

 

Rossignol Ski Corp.

PARK CITY, UT

 

Rowe-Smith Oil Corp.

SAN ANTONIO, TX

 

Royal Caribbean 

OSLO, NORWAY

 

S.G.F. Scultura

CARRARA, ITALY

 

Silverstein Prop.

NEW YORK, NY

 

Society Generale

SINGAPORE

 

UBS Bank

Hong Kong

 

Westwood Energy Corp.

ABILENE, TX

 

Woodside Hotels & Res.

PARK, CA

 

World Carpets, Inc.

DALTON, GA

 

Shangri-La Hotel

BEIJING, CHINA

 

Silverstein Prop.

NEW YORK, NY

 

Society Generale

SINGAPORE

 

Watermark L.L.C.

SAN DIEGO, CA

 

Westwood Energy Corp.

ABILENE, TX

 

World Carpets, Inc.

DALTON, GA

 

 

 

 

NOTABLE COLLECTIONS

Prime Minister Tony Blair

UK

 

Chancellor Helmut Kohl

GERMANY

 

Prime Minister Jean Chretien

CANADA

 

President Vojisilav Kostunica

FED. REPUBL. OF YUGOSLAVIA

 

Prime Minister Josef Tosovsky

CZECH REPUBLIC

 

Dr. Javiar Solana

Sec Gen of;

EUROPEAN UNION

 

Alexei Leonidovich Kudrin

RUSSIA

 

Foreign Minister Anna Lindh

SWEDEN

 

Foreign Minister Ismain Cem

REPUBLIC OF TURKEY

 

Foreign Minister

George Papandreau

GREECE

 

Senator Frank Lautenberg

NEW JERSEY

 

Paolo Scaroni

CEO OF ENI S.P.A.

 

Nursulan Nazarbayev

PRESIDENT OF KAZAKHSTAN

 

 

FEATURES / AWARDS / FILMS

 

2014

Richard Erdman: A Profile

A DOCUMENTARY PRODUCED & DIRECTED BY AMANDA ZACKEM

 

2008

Between the Lines: Richard Erdman, Sculptor

A DOCUMENTARY PRODUCED & DIRECTED BY EMILY LAU

 

2006

Profiles; Vermont Public Television

INTERVIEW WITH FRAN STODDARD

 

2005

University of Vermont

ALUMNI ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

 

2002                    

WCAX Television, Burlington, VT

INTERVIEW WITH WILL MIKELL

 

1999               

Vermont Public Radio, May 5

INTERVIEW WITH BRENDON

WALSH

 

WCAX Television, April 21

EVENING NEWS WITH BRIAN BYRNES

 

Utah Public Radio

INTERVIEW WITH TOM WILLIAMS

 

1994      

Salt Sculpture for Akzo Nobel

 NBC TV, 5/22, Scranton, PA


Televizione Toscano; La Storia di Sale

AM Singapore, SBC Television

INTERVIEW WITH GERALDINE YEO

 

Asia Bus. News, Public TelevisionBusiness & the Arts Today

DAVID PIPER

 

1992  

Akzo Salt Inc.Sculpture Project

KATC-TV, 5/30, Laffayette, LA

AGNES DEROUEN
 

Vermont Public TV 7/5

Passage, A Richard Erdman Sculpture


Ohio Public TV 7/20

Passage, A Richard Erdman Sculpture

1991                      

 

Springfield Art League Award

Springfield Museum of Fine Arts

SPRINGFIELD, MA

 

1985               

Passage, An Erdman Sculpture

Nico Crama Prod, Netherlands

DIRECTED BY A.V. WILDT

               

Public Television Interview; "Passage"

MASSA/CARRARA, ITALY

 

Crama Productions

Passage, A Richard Erdman Sculpture

THE HAGUE, NETHERLANDS

 

4th Festival International du Film Sur

L'Art

MONTREAL, CANADA

 

1984               

NBC Television Interview

SALT LAKE CITY, UT

 

RAI National Television Interview

CARRARA, ITALY

 

1982               

PBS Television Interview

ASPEN, CO

 

1980               

CBS Television Interview

HOUSTON, TX

 

1979               

Big Blue Marble; Children's Series, Wiemer Production, NYC

DIRECTED BY GAIL FRANK

1977               

Elinor Janeway Fellowship Fund Stratton Arts Festival

STRATTON MOUNTAIN, VT

 

Smith & Wesson Award; George Walter Vincent Smith Museum

SPRINGFIELD, MA

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2015

Richard Erdman Sculpture

Galerie d’Orsay

BOSTON, MA

 

2012

Marble Weeks 2012

Piazza Alberica

CARRARA, ITALY

Three Decades of Sculpture

Madison Gallery

LA JOLLA, CA

 

2011

The Modern Tradition

West Branch Gallery

STOWE, VT

 

Erdman and Esbin, American Sculptors:

Galerie am Lindenplatz

LICHTENSTEIN

 

2008

Erdman & Leestemaker

Galerie d’Orsay

BOSTON, MA

 

2007      

Gallery MODA

SANTA FE, NM

 

2006  

Modern Masters Fine Art

PALM DESERT, CA

 

2005  

Modern Masters Fine Art

PALM DESERT, CA

 

Cavalier Galleries

NEW YORK, NY

 

2004       

Cavalier Galleries

GREENWICH, CT

 

2003       

Elizabeth Edwards Fine Art

PALM DESERT, CA

 

2002       

Elizabeth Edwards Fine Art

NANTUCKET, MA

 

OTG Fine Art

PARK CITY, UT

 

2001       

OTG Fine Art

PARK CITY, UT

 

2000       

OTG Fine Art

PARK CITY, UT

 

Southern Vermont Art Center

MANCHESTER, VT

 

1999       

OTG Fine Art

PARK CITY, UT

 

1998       

Notices The Gallery

SINGAPORE

 

1997       

The Landon Gallery

NEW YORK, NY
 

J.J. Brookings Gallery

SAN FRANCISCO, CA     

 

1994       

Notices The Gallery

SINGAPORE

 

Hartley Gallery

CARMEL, CA

 

1993       

OTG Fine Art

PARK CITY, UT

 

Francis Colburn Gallery

BURLINGTON, VT

 

Hartley Hill Gallery

CARMEL, CA

 

1992       

Weintraub Gallery

NEW YORK, NY

 

Hartley Hill Gallery

CARMEL, CA

 

Kristal Gallery

WARREN, VT

 

1990       

Weintraub Gallery

NEW YORK, NY

 

Southern Vermont Art Center

MANCHESTER, VT

 

Chaffee Art Center

RUTLAND, VT

 

1989       

Francis Colburn Gallery

BURLINGTON, VT

 

OTG Fine Art

PARK CITY, UT

 

1988       

Weintraub Gallery

NEW YORK, NY

 

1987       

Weintraub Gallery

NEW YORK, NY

 

1986       

Southern Vermont Art Center

MANCHESTER, VT

 

1985       

Weintraub Gallery

NEW YORK, NY

1984       

OTG Fine Art

PARK CITY, UT

 

1982       

Gallery Cortina

ASPEN, CO

 

Byck Gallery

LOUISVILLE, KY

 

First State Bank

ABILENE, TX

 

 

 

 

 

 

COLLECTIVE  EXHIBITIONS

(Selected)

2014

In Bronze

Sculpturesite Gallery

SONOMA, CA

 

2013

Sculpture Now

The Mount

LENOX, MA

 

2013

Frozen

Art Ziwna Gallery

VIENNA, AUSTRIA

 

2013

Gallery Artist

Galerie d’Orsay

BOSTON, MA

 

2011

11th Art Bodennesee

Galerie am Lindenplatz

DORNBIRN, AUSTRIA

2009

Gesammelte Meisterwerke

Galerie AM Lindenplatz AG

LIECTENSTEIN

 

Cutting Edge

Zane Bennett Gallery

SANTA FE, NM

 

LAX: BeYond Abstraction

Madison Galleries

LA JOLLA, CA

 

Beyond Borders

Madison Galleries

RANCHO SANTA FE, NM

 

2008

Inaugural Exhibition

Skylark Fine Art Gallery

WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA

 

Southern Vermont Arts Center

MANCHESTER, VT

 

Modern Masters Fine Art

PALM DESERT, CA

 

Palm Beach 3

Sculpturesite Gallery

PALM BEACH, FL

 

2007

Autumn Exhibitions

Cavalier Galleries

GREENWICH, CT

 

Spring/Summer Artists

Cavalier Galleries

NANTUCKET, MA

 

SOFA Chicago

Sculpturesite Gallery

CHICAGO, IL

 

Masters and Emerging Sculptors from Studio Sem, Pietrasanta

LEICESTER, UK

 

The Moderns

Modern Masters Fine Art

PALM DESERT, CA

 

2007

Breaking the Rules; MMFA

PALM DESERT, CA

 

Betwixt; Hernandez Contemporary

SCOTTSDALE, AZ

 

Festival of the Arts

Southern Vermont Art Center

MANCHESTER, VT

 

Sculpture in the Garden

University of Leicester

LEICESTER, UK

 

2006

20th Anniversary Show

Cavalier Galleries

GREENWICH, CT

 

Overtures

Hernandez Contemporary

SCOTTSDALE, AZ

 

Modern Masters Fine Art

SANTA FE, NM

 

Southern Vermont Arts Center

MANCHESTER, VT

 

2005        

Selections From The PepsiCo Collection

HUDSON RIVER MUSEUM, NY

 

Elaine Baker Gallery

BOCA RATON, FL

 

Urban Cultural Oasis: 90-05

New Leaf Gallery

SAN FRANCISCO, CA

2004   

               

Selections from Zigfreid Weisaupt

Collection

ZKM/Museum of Contemporary Art

KARLRUHE, Germany

 

Summer Exhibition

West Branch Gallery

STOWE, VT

 

2003               

Cavalier Galleries

GREENWICH, CT

 

Cavalier Galleries

NANTUCKET, MA

 

2002                 

Stone II

Studio Place Art Gallery

BARRE, VT

 

Elizabeth Edwards Fine Art

PALM DESERT, CA

 

Elizabeth Edwards Fine Art

LAHAINA, HI

 

Form and Idea

New Leaf Gallery

BERKELEY, CA

 

2001                    

Exposed!

Helen Day Art Center

STOWE, VT