RICHARD ANUSZKIEWICZ (b. 1930) Serial Green, 1976

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RICHARD ANUSZKIEWICZ
(b. 1930)
Serial Green, 1976

Sold for US$ 22,500 inc. premium
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RICHARD ANUSZKIEWICZ (b. 1930)
Serial Green, 1976

signed and dated '© RICHARD ANUSZKIEWICZ 1976' (on the reverse)
acrylic on canvas

25 7/8 x 36in.
65.7 x 91.4cm

Footnotes

  • Provenance
    Acquired directly from the artist by the present owner.

    Literature
    D. Madden and N. Spike, Anuszkiewicz: Paintings and Sculptures 1945-2001, Florence, 2010, no. 1976.5, p. 181.

    Just five years before he executed Serial Green, 1976, Richard Anuszkiewicz sat for an interview conducted by Paul Cummings for the Archives of American Art in which the artist expounded on the influence of his professor Josef Albers while at Yale. This was a period in which Anuszkiewicz made the transition from realism into abstraction, leading him to the conception of his geometric configurations and the subsequent prolific explorations of formal structure and complimentary colors.

    PC: Did Albers talk about the Bauhaus painting at Yale?

    RA: Yeah, he used to talk about Cézanne, he used to talk about Klee, that helped in appreciating the work. For the first time I started realizing, I started seeing, you know. I started also appreciating what the impressionists were doing and I could then appreciate his color ideas because then I saw -- I mean something does happen when you put two colors together, it has an effect. The colorful thing about Cézanne's work was the manipulation of the warm and cool colors. I mean he was putting a warm shade next to a cool shade which sort of charges those colors up a little bit, I mean they complement one another. Then I could also understand Albers' interaction, you know, where a color changes another color. And these were things I never could see. When you see it it's obvious of course, but that kind of thing never occurred to me before. I mean I used color more on an emotional basis before, just to color in things.

    PC: Well, when you went to Yale were you interested in Albers' paintings or were you interested really in his ideas about color?

    RA: Well I think more in his ideas on color. I didn't really start appreciating his paintings because I didn't see that many of them. I never saw, I never started seeing a lot of Albers' paintings till I got to New York myself. And you can't really appreciate Albers' paintings through reproduction because the reproductions are very bad, even the color reproductions. And not till I really started seeing his paintings and a great deal of his paintings that I could see that he was doing these things in his own work. But through the course too you could see that he was doing these things in his own work. But through the course too you could because those were some of his ideas, you know, the behavior of color.1


    1. R. Anuskiewicz interview with P. Cummings, Tape-recorded Interview with Richard Anuskiewicz, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 28 December 1971, p. 13.
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