Richard Anuszkiewicz  (American, 1930) 

Richard Anuszkiewicz (American, b. May 23, 1930) is a painter, sculptor, and printmaker who trained at the Cleveland Institute of Art in Cleveland, OH, from 1948 to 1953. After this training, he went on to study with Josef Albers (German, 1888–1976) at the Yale University School of Art and Architecture in New Haven, CT, from 1953 to 1955. Anuszkiewicz was one of the founders of the Op Art movement in the late 1960s and early 1970s. He relied heavily on Victor Vasarely (French, 1906–1997) and Bridget Riley (English, b.1931). Life magazine referred to Anuszkiewicz as "One of the new wizards of Op" in 1964.

The artist had many exhibits throughout the United States over the years, including those at the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, OH, in 1955, the Cleveland Museum of Art in Cleveland, OH, in 1966, The Hopkins Center in Hanover, NH, in 1967, Kent State University in Kent, OH, in 1968, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Jacksonville, FL, in 1972. In 2005, he traveled to the Florence Biennale in Italy. Anuszkiewicz has received a significant number of awards for his work, including a Pulitzer Traveling Fellowship in 1953, the Charles of the Ritz Oil Painting Award in 1963, and the Lorenzo dei Medici Career Award at the Florence Biennale in 2005. Anuszkiewicz's work is that of experimental art; his fact-finding process uses trial to create the results.

The artist is known for creating a dramatic affect using complimentary colors and geometric shapes that are affected by the colors and lighting. One piece that is notable for this is his piece entitled Deep Magenta Square (1978). His exhibition entitled Americans 1963, which was held at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, illustrated this experimental style. Today, Anuszkiewicz's work is studied at universities and colleges throughout the country, including the University of South Florida in Tampa, FL, and the University of Wyoming in Laramie, WY. The artist currently lives and works in Englewood, NJ.

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Richard Anuszkiewicz, Reflections III, White Line; Reflections III, Red Line (2 works)


Richard Anuszkiewicz
Reflections III, White Line; Reflections III, Red Line (2 works)

Auction: Apr 28, 2014
Phillips New York
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Richard Anuszkiewicz, Four on Four


Richard Anuszkiewicz
Four on Four

Cavalier Galleries
Richard Anuszkiewicz, Black Diagonal


Richard Anuszkiewicz
Black Diagonal

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Richard Anuszkiewicz, Translumina with Pale Green


Richard Anuszkiewicz
Translumina with Pale Green

David Richard Gallery
Richard Anuszkiewicz, Deep Magenta Square


Richard Anuszkiewicz
Deep Magenta Square

D. Wigmore Fine Art, Inc
Richard Anuszkiewicz, Panel 1


Richard Anuszkiewicz
Panel 1
Richard Anuszkiewicz, Panel 2


Richard Anuszkiewicz
Panel 2
Richard Anuszkiewicz, Panel 3


Richard Anuszkiewicz
Panel 3
Richard Anuszkiewicz, Panel 4


Richard Anuszkiewicz
Panel 4
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Richard Anuszkiewicz, Zonal


Richard Anuszkiewicz
Zonal, 1968
color silkscreen on aluminum laid on Plexiglas


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Richard Anuszkiewicz, Spring Suite (Yellow with Yellow)


Richard Anuszkiewicz
Spring Suite (Yellow with Yellow), 1979
intaglio etching w/aquatint


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Richard Anuszkiewicz, Summer Suite (Red with Gold 2)


Richard Anuszkiewicz
Summer Suite (Red with Gold 2), 1979
intaglio etching and aquatint


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1930   Born: Erie, PA
1948 - 1953   Earned a B.F.A. from Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, OH
1953   Received a Pulitzer Traveling Fellowship From the National Academy of Design
1953 - 1955   Studied with Josef Albers and recieved a M.F.A. from Yale University School of Art and Architecture, New Haven, CT
1955 - 1956   Earned a B.S in Education from Kent State University, Akron, OH
1957 - 1958   Worked at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, repairing scale models of classical Greek architecture and sculpture
1958 - 1959   Worked at Tiffany and Company, designing miniature silver animals
1963   Charles of the Ritz Award
1964   Silvermine Guild Award
1963 - 1965   Taught at the Cooper Union, New York , NY
1967 - 1968   Held visiting artist positions at Dartmouth College, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Cornell University, and Kent State University
1972   Designed outdoor murals for a YWCA building in New York, NY and an office building in Jersey City, NJ
1977   Cleveland Arts Prize
1980   Childe Hassam Fund Purchase Award
1988   Childe Hassam Fund Purchase Award
1994   New York State Art Teachers’ Association Award
1995   Emil and Dines Carlson Award
1996   New Jersey Pride Award
1997   Richard Florsheim Fund Grant
2000   Lee Krasner Award
2005   Lorenzo the Magnificent Award for career achievement at the Florence International Biennale of Contemporary Art
  Lives and Works: Englewood, NJ
2010   Psychedelic: Optical and Visionary Art Since the 1960s, San Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio, TX
Colorscope: Abstract Painting 1960-1979, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA
2009   Abstract Ensemble, ACA Galleries, New York, NY
Pop to Present, Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University, Stanford, CA
2008   Richard Anuszkiewicz: The Inward Eye Series, Museum of Contemporary Art, Jacksonville, FL(solo)
Oko zwiedzione, Galeria El. Centrum sztuki, Elbląg, Poland
Op Art Revisited, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY
The Rational Eye - Geometric, Optical, Kinetic and Programmed Art, International Centre of Graphic Arts (MGLC), Ljubljana, Slovenia
To Infinity and Beyond: Mathematics in Contemporary Art, Heckscher Museum of Art, Huntington, NY
Sensory Overload: Light, Motion, Sound and the Optical in Art Since 1945 - Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI
2007   The Optical Edge, Pratt Manhattan Gallery, New York, NY
After Image: Op Art of the 1960s, Jacobson Howard Gallery, New York, NY
The Optic Nerve: Perceptual Art of the 1960s, Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH
Op Art, Schirn Kunsthalle,Frankfurt, Germany
2006   Konstruktive Aspekte von Mondrian bis Kelly, Galerie Proarta, Zurich, Switzerland
Arena der Abstraktion, Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen, Germany
Geometric Abstraction and Color Function: Two Generations, D. Wigmore Fine Art, Inc., New York, NY
2005   Optical Simulations, American Abstract Artists, Yellow Bird Gallery, Newburgh, NY
Kunst, die man nicht immer sieht, Wilhelm Hack Museum, Ludwigshafen, Germany
Totally Geometric : Abstraction from the permanent Collection, Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, NY
American Academy Invitational Exhibition of Painting & Sculpture: The American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, NY
2005   Florence Biennale,Florence, Italy,
2004   A Century of Collecting, Heckscher Museum of Art, Huntington, NY
25 Jahre Sammeln - Wilhelm Hack Museum, Ludwigshafen, Germany
2002   Flatline, Cirrus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Colors on the Edge: Hard and Soft: The Paintings of Richard Anuszkiewicz and Leon Berkowitz, ACA Galleries, New York, NY
2001   Transcultural Visions: Polish American Contemporary Art, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL
2000   From Cubism to Minimalism - A selection of Works by World Leading Artists, Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, Tehran, Iran
1998   Richard Anuszkiewicz, Galerie Proarta, Zurich, Switzerland(solo)
1997   Richard Anuszkiewicz: Quadrat Bottrop, Josef Albers Museum, Bottrop, Germany(solo)
1991   Jestesmy: Zacheta, National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, Poland
1990   Five Works, Newark Museum, Newark, NJ
Maruzen Company, Limited, Tokyo, Japan
1989   Une histoire de collections : dons 1984-1989 - Musée d´art contemporain de Montréal, Montréal, QC, Canada
Gallery Civiche D'Arte Moderna, Assessorato Istituzioni Culturali, Ferrara, Italy
1988   Richard Anuszkiewicz, The Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, OH(solo)
Galleria Sagittaria, Centro Iniziative Culturali, Pordenone, Italy
Art and Culture Center, Hollywood, FL
Anuszkiewicz, Four Decades, Richard Green Gallery, New York, NY
Harmon-Meek Gallery, Naples, FL
1986   Venice Biennale, San Marco, Venice, Italy
1983   Twentieth-Century Art from the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Selected Recent Acqui, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
1979   Richard Anuszkiewicz, Sterling and Francine Clark Institute, Williamstown, MA(solo)
1975   Richard Anuszkiewicz: Bilder und Graphik, Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn, Germany
1972   Richard Anuszkiewicz, De Cordova Museum, Lincoln, MA
1971   Highlights of the 1970-71 Art Season, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT
Paintings by Richard Anuszkiewicz & Sculpture by George Segal,New Jersey State Museum, Trenton, NJ
1968   Documenta 4, Documenta, Kassel, Germany
1967   1967 Annual Exhibition of Contemporary American Painting, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Richard Anuszkiewicz, Hopkins Art Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH(solo)
1965   Colorists, San Francisco Museum of Art, San Francisco, CA
Richard Anuszkiewicz, Sidney Janis Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
Reponsive Eye, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
1964   American Paintings and Sculpture 67th Annual, The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Painting and Sculpture of a Decade, 1954-64, the Tate Gallery, London, U.K
1962   Geometric abstraction in America, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
1960   Richard Anuszkiewicz,Contemporaries Gallery, New York, NY (The First Solo Exhibition)
  Fogg Museum of Art, Yale University, New Haven, CT
  Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
  Hirschhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC
  Hokkaido Museum of Art, Hokkaido, Japan
  Louisiana Museum, Humblebaek, Denmark
  Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
  Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY
  Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
  Blanton Museum of At, University of Texas, Austin, TX
  Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY
  Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
  Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
  Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH
  Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
  Denver Museum of Art, Denver, CO
  Detroit Art Institute of Arts, Detroit, MI
  Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
  Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT
  Tel Aviv Museum, Tel Aviv, Israel
  Tate Gallery, London, UK Tel Aviv Museum, Tel Aviv, I
  Smithsonian Institute, Washington, DC
  Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
  National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea
  National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
  Museo de Arte Moderno, Ciudad Bolivar, Venezuela
  Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
1999    Anuszkiewicz, Richard. Anuskiewicz: OpArt. Hatje Cantz, Ostfildern , Germany
1995    Richard Anuszkiewicz: A retrospective, 1949-1994. Harmon Meek Gallery: Naples(catalogue)
1991    Anuszkiewicz, Richard. Richard Anuszkiewicz: Constructions and paintings, 1986-1991. ACA Gallery: New York(catalogue)
1978    Lunde, Karl. Anuszkiewicz. Harry N. Abrams, Inc.: New York
1971    Paintings by Richard Anuszkiewicz and Sculpture by George Segal. New Jersey State Museum:Trenton(catalogue)