Mingus II, welded steel sculpture, was created by Brooklyn native Richard Heinrich. He listens to music as he works in his Tribeca studio, and the titles of his work often reflect the strong influences of Charles Mingus, Thelonious Monk and others.
Works by Richard Heinrich can be seen in the collections at The Donald M. Kendall Sculpture Gardens at PepsiCo in Purchase, New York; Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University, New Brunswick campus; the New York Public Library in Manhattan; Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York; and at corporate headquarters and private homes across the country.
He has exhibited his sculptures at a variety of shows including the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art in Colorado, the Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art in Ohio, Hofstra University in Hempstead on Long Island, Manhattan Community College, and at Pier Walk 98 in Chicago.
Artist Statement: I have been a sculptor for more than five decades, working most of the time in steel. My grandfather founded the Heinrich Iron Works in 1905 in Brooklyn. My father, a civil engineer, passed on the construction affinity to me and as an art student I gravitated to the material. Steel is incredibly malleable and very strong. It can withstand stress and bad weather like no other sculpture material. Bronze is prone to rot and marble can chip and break. Wood can be carved but will burn and splinter. And as an added incentive steel is very inexpensive. My lower Manhattan studio and home afford me the opportunity to see and interact with the robust art environment in New York City. To have work in a sylvan glade in New Jersey is a pleasant contrast to the hurly burly of Manhattan.