Brooklyn native Richard A. Heinrich came of age and was enormously influenced by both the New York Pop and Minimalism movements of the 1960s. The New York Pop movement focused on simultaneously critiquing and glorifying popular culture, mass media, and mass consumerism. Minimalism established the idea that art should exist independent of the physical world.
Works by Heinrich can be seen in the collections at The Donald M. Kendall Sculpture Gardens at PepsiCo; Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University; the New York Public Library; Hofstra University; the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University; and at corporate headquarters and private homes across the country, including Hess Oil Company, General Electric, Chemical Bank of New York, Fiduciary Trust Company of New York, American Express, Deloitte, and Northrop Corporation.
He has exhibited his work extensively, including shows at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, the Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art, the Flatfile Contemporary Gallery in Chicago, Hofstra University, and at Pier Walk 98 and Wood Street Gallery, both in Chicago. Works on paper by Heinrich have been shown at many galleries and museums, including the American Craft Museum, New York City’s Art Club, Rule Gallery, Denver; Andreas Gallery, Washington, D.C.; Cydney Payton Gallery, Denver; Jay Gallery, New York; Castle Gallery at College of New Rochelle; William Paterson College; and the Soho Center for Visual Artists.