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Richard Anuszkiewicz
Translumina

1988

$125,000

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A painting by Richard Anuszkiewicz. "Translumina" is a geometric abstract, acrylic on wood painting executed teal, blue, violet and black by American Op Artist Richard Anuszkiewicz. The work is signed in black acrylic paint, verso, "Richard Anuszkiewicz 1988." Anuszkiewicz’ canvases depict tight geometric shapes in vivid colours that seem to shift under the eye. Anuszkiewicz belongs to the small number of great artists who construct their life's work with all the hallmarks of a series: lucidity, progress, and, above all, depth. Like his mentor Josef Albers, like Piet Mondrian — like Giorgio Morandi, just to name a representational painter — Anuszkiewicz focuses his vision on the limitless possibilities of a single theme. In his case, the theme is not a single motif, but an insistence on color. Provenance: Collection of the Artist Charles Foley Gallery, Columbus, Ohio Private Collection, California, 1988 Heather James Fine Art, California Private Collection, California, 2019

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Richard Anuszkiewicz

“I’m interested,” Richard Anuszkiewicz (1930–2020) once said, “in making something romantic out of a very, very mechanistic geometry.” Anuszkiewicz sought to achieve this romance through works juxtaposing vibrant colors in geometric configurations. The perceptual effects he created helped define the American Op art movement.

Anuszkiewicz studied color theory at Yale under Josef Albers and was greatly influenced by Albers’s approach. “The image in my work has always been determined by what I wanted the color to do,” Anuszkiewicz explained in a 1974 catalogue. “Color function becomes my subject matter, and its performance is my painting.”

He departed from his mentor, however, in the pulsating, illusory qualities he gave his work. One of his most famous paintings, Deep Magenta Square (1978), although similar in composition to Albers’s “Homage to the Square” series, is distinctly Op art in the way the striations surrounding the central square seem to vibrate and jump off the canvas.

Anuszkiewicz spent his entire career exploring optical effects through the manipulation of line and color, producing spectacular and timeless pieces of art. “Working with basic ideas will always be exciting,” he said in 1977. “And if a color or form is visually exciting in any profound sense, it will be that way in 10 or 20 years from now.”

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