Richard Anuszkiewicz

Loretta Howard Gallery is pleased to represent Richard Anuszkiewicz.

Richard Anuszkiewicz (b. 1930) received his bachelor’s degree from Cleveland Institute of Art in Ohio in 1953. He studied with Josef Albers at the Yale University School of Art and Architecture in New Haven, Connecticut from 1953 to 1955, where he earned his Masters of Fine Arts. Along with Victor Vasarely in France and Bridget Riley in England, Anuszkiewicz is a founder of the Op Art movement. In 1964, Life magazine called him “The New Wizard of Op.” In 2000, the New York Times art critic, Holland Cotter, described Anuszkiewicz’s paintings by stating, “The drama – and that feels like the right word – is in the subtle chemistry of complementary colors, which makes the geometry glow as if light were leaking out from behind it.”
Throughout his oeuvre, the artist has maintained a concern with the optical changes that occur when different high-intensity colors are applied to the same geometric configurations. Most of his paintings are comprised of visual investigations into formal structural and color effects. Many of his paintings utilize concentric square forms similar to the work of his mentor Josef Albers

sky blue
Sky Blue Square

1977 - 2016
Acrylic on canvas
6 ft x 6 ft

RA lavender mist
Lavender Mist

Acrylic on panel
36 ft x 36 ft

midnight red
Midnight Red
Acrylic on canvas
36 x 36 inches

Translumina Rhombus III
Translumina Rhombus III
Enamel on Wood Construction
42 x 65 inches

Translumina - Black and White Reversed
Translumina - Black and White Reversed
Enamel on Wood
96 x 96 inches

Silver Rainbow with Grays
Silver Rainbow with Grays
Painted acrylic wood construction
48 x 86 inches

Translumina - Inner Yellow Light, 1989 Enamel on Wood Construction 96 x 79 inches
Inner Yellow Light
Enamel on Wood Construction
96 x 79 inches

Marriage of Silver and Gold
*Marriage of Silver and Gold**
Enamel on Wood Construction
110 x 116 inches

Orange Light - Day and Night, 1990
Orange Light - Day and Night
Enamel on Wood Construction
51 x 84 inches
Electric Green and Blue

Acrylic on canvas
72 x 96 inches

Installation view of RIchard Anuszkiewicz: Line and Space at 499 Park Avenue
From left to right;
Metamorphosis of Cadmium Red - Blue Line
Metamorphosis of Cadmium Red - Blue Green Line
Metamorphosis of Cadmium Red - Green Line
Metamorphosis of Cadmium Red - Yellow Green Line

Acrylic on canvas
84 x 84 inches (each)

Richard Anuszkiewicz Website

"Scientific experimentation in color has reached a point where color relationships of the most startling character and with the most unexpected optical consequences can be established. Such are to be found in Richard Anuszkiewicz' non-objective paintings at The Comtemporaries, 922 Madison Avenue."
-Stuart Preston, The New York Times, March 5, 1960

"Individual colors, when scientifically placed in conjunction, can play off each other in surprising ways, and make havoc with normal vision. Richard Anuszkiewicz' new non-objective paintings exploit these situations to such degrees that, after lengthy looking at them, one cannot positively identify either shape or color. This could be a tedious optical trick were it not for this artist's composing patterns of appealing liveliness and variety."
-Stuart Preston, The New York Times, April 2, 1961

"What has been called optical art is best exemplified among the younger generation, in color by the American, Richard Anuszkiewicz, and in black and white, by the Briton, Bridgit Riley. It's pioneers include not only Albers and Vasarely but Malevich, Balla, Mondrian, Duchamp, Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Max Bill, Henri Berlewi, and many others. The optical painter knows that sharp edged and flatly painted shapes, colors, and lines, if skillfully controlled, can animate an observer's perception even against his will and bring about experiences of motion, light, deformation, depth, and many other effects for which the painting is only a stimulant. To this end-and in some instances with no other intention-the artist applies his knowledge that no arrangement of shapes, lines, dots, or whatever has an invariable identity in vision. His works confirm the conclusion of psychologists that what used to be called "optical illusions" now put in question any belief in objective perception."

-William C. Seitz, Vogue Magazine, February 15, 1965

'For twenty years Richard Anuszkiewicz has been at work investigating what he calls 'color function'. The content, media, even the size of his paintings have been and are determined by color. His work is among the most rigorous, most uncompromisingly abstract in American art. The paintings address themselves to the fundamental question "how does the eye see?" They are prime examples of perceptual abstraction."

-Richard Armstrong, 1976, Director, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

"What was it that caused Anuszkiewicz's new works to yield an aura of classicism? Within the context of the work of the artist's mentor, Josef Albers, the esthetics of shape and color have been expanded to include what could be called reveries on color perception- an atmospheric handling of color relationships that seems both unexpected and inevitable. Whereas Albers' genius lay in formulating the logistics of color interaction, Anuszkiewicz added line and field to create space through color - a space only hinted at by Albers. So prismatically beautiful is Anuszkiewicz's visual discourse with space that the results have a buoyant, floating effect, as though form and space were one and the same- an evanescent commingling of light and weight that, through color and balance, releases a powerful yet subtly graded glow. It is this glowing, hot-cold quality that gives the architecture of the artist's work its substance and energy and, indeed, its classical format."
-John Gruen, Art News, September, 1979