Dick Polich

Transforming Metal into Art

By Daniel Belasco, Dick Polich, and Sara J. Pasti
Edited by Daniel Belasco

Subjects: Art
Imprint: Distribution Partners
Paperback : 9780615861036, 106 pages, September 2014

Table of contents

Sara J. Pasti
The Conductor: Dick Polich in Art History
Daniel Belasco
Craft and the Art Foundry
Dick Polich
Sculptures and Artist Statements
Cleve Gray, Joel Shapiro, Roy Lichtenstein, Nancy Graves, Isamu Noguchi, Jeff Koons, Frank Stella, Rona Pondick, Janine Antoni, Martin Puryear, Tom Otterness
Thom Joyce, Vanessa Hoheb
Polich Tallix Worldwide
Artists List (1969–2014)
Exhibition Checklist
Selected Bibliography

Explores the significant impact that the metallurgist Dick Polich and his foundry, Tallix, have had on contemporary art.


Dick Polich tells the story of the man who founded Tallix in 1970 and revolutionized the world of American fine art foundries. As an art fabricator, Polich typically remains behind the scenes. This publication, the catalogue for the exhibition at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, SUNY New Paltz, explores the history and processes of Polich and his foundries Tallix, Polich Art Works, and Polich Tallix, from the 1960s to the present. Contents include an art historical survey by Daniel Belasco, a personal account of the craft of the foundry by Dick Polich, and new statements about working with Polich by artists Rona Pondick, Joel Shapiro, Tom Otterness, Janine Antoni, Martin Puryear, and Jeff Koons. The Dorsky Museum exhibition is the first to examine Dick Polich's influence on contemporary art.

Daniel Belasco is the Curator of Exhibitions and Programs at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, SUNY New Paltz. Dick Polich is the managing director of Polich Tallix, Inc. and has been a leader in the field of industrial and art foundries since the 1950s. Sara J. Pasti is Neil C. Trager Director of the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, SUNY New Paltz.