RICHARD ANUSZKIEWICZ "INNER SPACE" PAINTING, 1970
One of our favorite American artists, Richard Anuszkiewicz (b. 1930) is a major player in both Op Art and Hard-Edge Abstraction. His work is typically composed of rich vibrant colors in strict geometries.
As the artist explained “I’m interested in making something romantic out of a very, very mechanistic geometry. Geometry and color represent to me an idealized, classical place that’s very clear and very pure.”
Not surprisingly, Josef Albers was a mentor of Anuszkiewicz's. However the student pushed his teacher's theories further, creating compositions that were more dynamic with colors more electric.
This dynamic painting is a paradigm of the artist’s practice, utilizing contrasting electric colors in concentric shapes to draw in and obfuscate the gaze. It was created in 1970 at the height of the artists' career, just a year after his legendary exhibition at the Sidney Janis Gallery, New York.
Anuszkiewicz was included in the landmark exhibition, “Americans 1963” held at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York. The artist’s work can also be found in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Guggenheim (New York), the Whitney (New York) and the Albright-Knox Art Gallery (Buffalo), among others.
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Signed and dated verso
Acrylic on board
21"H 16"W (work)
Provenance: Sidney Janis Gallery, New York (labelled)
The J L Hudson Gallery, Detroit (labelled)
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