Richard Anuszkiewicz

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Richard Anuszkiewicz (1930-2020) creates vibrantly hued geometric abstractions that heralded the Op Art movement of the late 60’s and 70’s. The American artist was known for his mesmerizing paintings; a decade-spanning oeuvre of spiraling chromatic compositions that activate the perceptions of those who contemplate them. While at graduate school at Yale University he came under the tutelage of Bauhaus artist Josef Albers whose influence moved him to forgo realist painting in favor of abstraction. Nesting squares became thematic to his work, and the recursive forms he painted for years thereafter were charged with a spiritual and pulsating energy realized by Anuszkiewicz’s mastery of color and architectural precision. The artist reflects, “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.”

 

Anuszkiewicz was featured in several landmark exhibitions, including a defining moment for Op Art at the MoMA’s “The Responsive Eye” in 1965, where he was presented alongside British artist Bridget Riley. Later in his career, he experimented with other mediums such as sculpture and printmaking. In 2000, he received a Lee Krasner Award for lifetime achievement. He passed away in 2020 at his home in Englewood, New Jersey.

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