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Richard Anuszkiewicz

American

“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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1920 League of Women Voters, Large OP Art Screenprint by Anuszkiewicz 1969
By Richard Anuszkiewicz
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Richard Anuszkiewicz, American (1930 - ) Title: 1920 League of Women Voters Year: 1969 Medium: Screenprint (unsigned) Image Size: 18 x 37 inches Size: 22.5 in. x 39.5 in. (57...
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1970s Op Art Richard Anuszkiewicz

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Summer Suite (Red with Gold IV)
By Richard Anuszkiewicz
Located in Long Island City, NY
A student of Josef Albers, he shares Albers' fascination with shapes and their relationships to color. Considered a major force in the op art movement, Anuszkiewicz is concerned with...
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1970s Op Art Richard Anuszkiewicz

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Etching, Aquatint, Intaglio

Spring Suite (Yellow with Yellow), OP Art Etching by Anuszkiewicz
By Richard Anuszkiewicz
Located in Long Island City, NY
A student of Josef Albers, he shares Albers' fascination with shapes and their relationships to color. Considered a major force in the op art movement, Anuszkiewicz is concerned with...
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1970s Op Art Richard Anuszkiewicz

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New York City Opera
By Richard Anuszkiewicz
Located in New York, NY
Anuszkiewicz created this poster, which was part of "Seven Serigraphs by Seven Artists" commemorating the 25th anniversary of City Center of Music and Dance, to support the New York ...
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1960s Op Art Richard Anuszkiewicz

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Celebrate New York, Screenprint by Richard Anuszkiewicz
By Richard Anuszkiewicz
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Richard Anuszkiewicz, American (1930 - ) Title: Celebrate New York Year: 1973 Medium: Silkscreen, signed and numbered in pencil Edition: 300 Image Size: 28.75 x 22.25 inches ...
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1970s Op Art Richard Anuszkiewicz

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1920 League of Women Voters, Large OP Art Screenprint by Anuszkiewicz 1969
By Richard Anuszkiewicz
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Richard Anuszkiewicz, American (1930 - ) Title: 1920 League of Women Voters Year: 1969 Medium: Screenprint, signed, numbered, and dated in pencil Edition: 144, AP III/IX Ima...
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1970s Op Art Richard Anuszkiewicz

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Autumn Suite (Green with Red), OP Art etching by Anuszkiewicz
By Richard Anuszkiewicz
Located in Long Island City, NY
A student of Josef Albers, he shares Albers' fascination with shapes and their relationships to color. Considered a major force in the op art movement, Anuszkiewicz is concerned with...
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1970s Op Art Richard Anuszkiewicz

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Etching, Aquatint

Sequential IX, OP Art Silkscreen by Anuszkiewicz
By Richard Anuszkiewicz
Located in Long Island City, NY
Richard Anuszkiewicz (American, 1930-2020 ), one from Sequential Portfolio, 1972, silkscreen printed in colors, 28 x 21 in. (71.12 x 53.34 cm), unsigned and unnumbered aside from th...
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1970s Op Art Richard Anuszkiewicz

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