Richard Neidhardt (1921-2009): Past Revisited

Richard Neidhardt (1921-2009), was a native of Tennessee. He earned a B.A. from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, an M.F.A. in painting from the University of Florida, and a Ph.D. from Ohio State University. Neidhardt served as art director at the University of Florida Press in the early 1950s. He then became an Assistant Professor of Art at the University of Florida from 1954 to 1961. From 1961 until 1966, he was Art Department Chair at Hardin Simmons University (Waco, TX). Neidhardt was the Director of Art at Angelo State University (San Angelo, TX) for a year, before joining the Austin College faculty in 1967. He served as Professor and Chair of the Department of Art and retired in 1986 as Professor Emeritus. In 1973, he was awarded the Cullen Grant for Research in Egypt, in addition to Richardson Grants for Research to Southern France in 1975 and to Greece in 1982. His sculptures and paintings have been shown in various solo and group exhibitions throughout Texas.In his art, Neidhardt expressed himself in two different ways. Whereas his paintings are formal and abstract statements with little subject matter, his sculptures came from a side of him keenly aware of the world and its follies. “During World War II, as a pilot flying foreign routes, I became interested in the cultures and arts of Europe, South America, Africa, the Middle East, and India. I then began the study of art as a painter, searching for a kind of purity free from worldly stress and the vulnerable condition of being human,” Neidhardt wrote in an artist’s statement regarding his work. “The energy of color’s language, the drawn line’s vitality, and the aesthetics of mathematics appealed to me and became basic to my work.” However, speaking of his sculptures, Neidhardt stated, “They came from a side of me aware of being a fellow inmate of the earth with all of its absurdities, a possible justification for being a part of this great mystery.”

Exhibition Dates: 
Saturday, May 20, 2017 to Saturday, July 1, 2017

Man and Dartboard

Man and Dartboard, 1997, bronze, 9 x 9 x 8 3/8", ed. 2/6
Man & Dartboard, 1997, bronze, 9 x 9 x 8 3/8", ed. 2/6

Man and Woman with Screens

Man and Woman with Screens, 1997, pine wood, 9 3/4 x 17 1/2 x 5"

Man with Dogs Barking

Man with Dogs Barking, 1987, bronze, 9 x 3 7/8 x 12", ed. 2/10

Man with Head in Nest (Small)

Man with Head in Nest (Small), 1980, pine wood, 9 1/4 x 3 1/2 x 3 1/2"

Man with Head in Nest (Large)

Man with Head in Nest (Large), 1990, pine wood, 50 x 21 x 24 3/4"

Man and Hammer

Man and Hammer, 1997, bronze, 13 x 8 5/8 x 5 1/2", ed. 3/6

Woman, Man and Box

Woman, Man and Box, 2000, pine wood, 14 x 21 3/4 x 2 1/4"

Man Rowing

Man Rowing, 1995, bronze, 5 x 17 1/2 x 5 3/4", ed. 6/9

Man Looking at Toe

Man Looking at Toe, 1995, pine wood with bronze gilding, 12 3/4 x 4 x 5 7/8"

Man Helping

Man Helping, 2002, pine wood, 20 1/4 x 13 x 7 1/2"

Man Roosting

Man Roosting, 2001, wood, 16 3/8 x 6 x 5"

Bicycle Man

Bicycle Man, 1991, bronze, 5 1/2 x 3 x 6 1/2", ed. 2/10

File Cabinet Man

File Cabinet Man, 1980, pine wood, 8 3/4 x 3 3/4 x 3 1/2"

Woman with Large Cat in...

Woman with Large Cat in Rocking Chair, 1993, pine wood, 4 1/4 x 3 x 4"

Man with Beast in Head (Small)

Man with Beast in Head (Small), 1979, pine wood, 6 3/4 x 1 5/8 x 3 1/4"

Man Escaping from Box

Man Escaping from Box, 2001, pine wood, 15 1/4 x 11 3/4 x 5 7/8"

Man with STOP Sign

Man with STOP Sign, 1998, pine wood, 10 x 12 x 7 1/8"

Man on Bed with Cat

Man on Bed with Cat, 1994, bronze, 4 1/2 x 4 1/4 x 10", ed. A/P

Man an Woman in Playpen

Man and Woman in Playpen, 2000, pine wood, 4 7/8 x 10 3/8 x 10 3/8"

Man Climbing Ladder

Man Climbing Ladder, 2000, bronze, 23 5/8 x 9 x 9 1/2", ed. A/P 3

Fallen Angel

Fallen Angel, 2003, bronze, 8 1/2 x 5 x 6 1/2"

Fallen Angel

Fallen Angel, 1982, pine wood, 8 1/2 x 5 x 6 1/2"
Fallen Angel, 1982, pine wood, 8 1/2 x 5 x 6 1/2"

Man Trying to Fly

Man Trying to Fly, 1995, pine wood, 49 x 34 x 12"

Man Knocking on Door

Man Knocking on Door, 1994, pine wood, 41 x 7 x 26"
Man Knocking on Door, 1994, pine wood, 41 x 7 x 26"

Sold

Man, Dog and Tower

Man, Dog and Tower, 1998, pine wood, 14 1/2 x 18 x 17 1/4"

Two Men Sitting

Two Men Sitting, 1997, bronze, 10 x 15 x 7", ed. 2/6

Four Men Watching

Four Men Watching, 1997, bronze, 10 3/4 x 13 3/8 x 13 1/4", ed. 1/6
Four Men Watching, 1997, bronze, 10 3/4 x 13 3/8 x 13 1/4", ed. 1/6