Richard Anuszkiewicz, Inward Eye Suite, 1970 (Complete Set of 10 Works)


Signed Richard Anuszkiewicz screenprint, Inward Eye Suite, 1970 (Complete Set of 10 Works)

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Artist:Richard Anuszkiewicz (1930 - 9999)

Title:Inward Eye Suite, 1970 (Complete Set of 10 Works)

Medium:Ten Color Screenprints

Image Size:25 5/8 in x 19 3/4 in (65 cm x 50.12 cm) each

Sheet Size:25 3/4 in x 19 7/8 in (65.40 cm x 50.48 cm) each

Framed Size:approx. 38 10/16 in x 32 3/4 in (98 cm x 83.18 cm) each

Edition:Numbered from the edition of 100.

Series:Inward Eye

Signature:Each work is hand-signed by Richard Anuszkiewicz (Pennsylvania 1930-) in pencil in the lower right and dated: ‘Anuszkiewicz 1970’

Condition:These works are in excellent condition.

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As geometric shapes are fitted into eye-catching patterns, we are caught in a sense of wonderment. Considered technical masterworks in the optical art world, the ten works created for the ‘Inward Eye’ suite are methodically designed in form and colors of yellows, reds, greens, blues, and purples, which combine to create a brilliant perceptual experience. An experience that while mesmerizing also manages to convey feeling which speaks to the power of Anuszkiewicz as an artist and the inspiration of William Blake’s (1757-1827) writing.

Anuszkiewicz felt a connection and understanding for Blake, a man whose sentiments mirrored his own: ‘Without minuteness of execution the sublime cannot exist. Grandeur of ideas is founded on precision of ideas.” (Blake). Possessing such a scientific approach while still being fascinated in conveying feelings is why Blake’s writing inspired the suite and what makes them unique and personal for the artist. This kind of expression in op art is hard to come by, which makes these works a truly moving statement and Anuszkiewicz an artist quite unlike any other.

Catalogue Raisonné & COA:

This work is fully documented and referenced in the below catalogue raisonnés and texts (copies will be enclosed as added documentation with the invoice accompanying the final sale of the work).

  1. Lunde, Karl. Anuszkiewicz. New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1977.  Edition details described on page 64.
  2. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this work.

About the Framing:

Framed to museum-grade, conservation standards, each work is presented in a complementary moulding and finished with silk-wrapped mats and optical grade Plexiglas. 

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Richard Anuszkiewicz (1930-9999)

Richard Anuszkiewicz Biography

An American painter, printmaker, and sculptor, Richard Anuszkiewicz was born in Erie, Pennsylvania, in 1930 and grew to love painting at a very early age. After graduating from the Cleveland Institute of Art in Cleveland, Ohio in 1953, he studied under master abstract colorist Josef Albers at the Yale University School of Art and Architecture in New Haven, Connecticut where he earned his Masters of Fine Arts. Upon graduating in 1955, Anuszkiewicz moved to New York and grew to fame with his concentration on the optical changes that occur when different high-intensity colors are applied to the same geometric configurations. Most of his work comprises visual investigations of formal structural and color effects, many of them nested square forms similar to the work of his mentor Josef Albers. In his series, Homage to the Square (1959), Albers experimented with juxtapositions of color, and Anuszkiewicz continued to develop these concepts. Such interest in the creation and exploration of shapes as optical illusions sparked a new art movement called Op Art during the late 1960’s and early 1970’s which Anuszkiewicz is considered a founder of, with his contemporary being Victor Vasarely in France. Although classified as an Op artist, he does not see himself as belonging to the group as he modeled himself after his mentor Albers. Returning to the Midwest to take a degree in education at Kent State University, where he later taught, he began to really experiment with the full-intensity of complementary colors-blues on reds, greens on reds that set him on his own groundbreaking path. Anuszkiewicz has continued to produce works in the Op Art style over the last few decades. With such critical acclaim, Anuszkiewicz has won many accolades and has exhibited at the Venice Biennale, Florence Biennale and Documenta.

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