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Artist Richard Anuszkiewicz Inward Eye #10 Op-Art Silkscreen Print, 1970, Signed



Richard Anuszkiewicz (1930-2020) Inward Eye #10 from the Inward Eye Series, 1970. Pronounced it ah-noo-SHKEV-ich. Silkscreen 25 19/20 × 19 3/4 inches Edition of 100, #56/100. Acid free mat, gold tone metal frame. Signature: Pencil signed, dated and numbered 56 from the edition of 100 on the recto (front) Publisher: Aquarius Press, Baltimore Maryland (publisher); Edition Domberger, Stuttgart, Germany (printer) Literature: Richard Anuszkiewicz: Prints & Multiples, 1064-1979, with a Checklist of Major Prints, Posters & Multiples, David Brooke & Gene Baro, Sterling & Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Mass and The Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, New York Bio courtesy of Christies. Richard Anuszkiewicz was born in Erie, Pennsylvania. He attended the Cleveland Institute of Art and Yale School of Art and Architecture at New Haven, Connecticut, where Josef Albers taught at the time and became a decisive influence on the young art student. He became a leading figure of the Op Art Movement, and as early as 1964 Life Magazine referred to him as 'one of the new wizards of Op' (December 11, 1964 "Op Art." p. 132). In 1965, he was included in the exhibition The Responsive Eye at the Museum of Modern Art, in New York, one of the first surveys of the Op Art phenomenon. His painting style of sharply defined, juxtaposing lines and shapes of complementary colors, found its congenial expression in the print medium through the work of Luitpold and Michael Domberger. His screenprints are realized with such precision and dazzling colors that they seem to hover over the surface. The portfolio Inward Eye is a work of startling intensity and beauty, and is the epitome of what could be achieved with screenprinting at the time. Richard Anuszkiewicz's works can be found in most of the leading museums in the USA.


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    Height: 35.5 in. (90.17 cm)Width: 29.75 in. (75.57 cm)Depth: 1.5 in. (3.81 cm)
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    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
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    Wear consistent with age and use. Nice bright copy, no issues, not light struck.
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    St. Louis, MO
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About the Artist

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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