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Art of World-Renowned Painter Julian Stanczak on Display Now at KSL
The work of Julian Stanczak, world-renowned painter and pioneer in Optical Art, will be featured in a series of four exhibitions at Kelvin Smith Library. The first exhibit, The Genesis of Perceptual Art, is on display now at the library’s first floor art gallery.
Join us for the exhibition's opening reception:
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 from 4—6pm
Kelvin Smith Library Art Gallery (1st floor)
Please click here to RSVP
The Genesis of Perceptual Art will be on Display through Friday, November 29, 2013 and is free and open to the public during the library's regular business hours. Three subsequent exhibitions of Stanczak's work will be featured at KSL throughout the year:
- Through the Looking-glass — Dec. 4, 2013 through Jan. 31, 2014
- Substance and Illusion — Feb. 4, 2014 through March 28, 2014
- Pushing the Envelope: New Dimensions of Color — April 3, 2014 through June 6, 2014
The series at KSL is a retrospective of Stanczak’s work, moving in chronological order of the art’s creation. The first installment features selected silkscreen prints, similar to work that was exhibited in Stanczak’s first major show, Julian Stanczak: Optical Paintings, held at New York City’s Martha Jackson Gallery in 1964. It was the exhibition’s review in Time Magazine that coined the term “Op Art,” a movement that quickly blossomed into an international phenomenon.
More About Julian Stanczak
Born in Poland in 1928, Stanczak was imprisoned in a Siberian labor camp during World War II. While there, he permanently lost the use of his right arm before his escape at age 13. Eventually making his way to a Polish refugee camp in Uganda, Stanczak was able to take his first private art lessons and learn to paint and write with his left hand.
Stanczak moved to the United States in 1950 and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Cleveland Institute of Art (CIA) and Master of Fine Arts from Yale University. His meticulously crafted Perceptual Art—layered patterns of color with effects of transparency and light—represents a conscious decision to leave his wartime experiences behind him. His substantial body of work has all been produced in a modest house and studio in Cleveland, where he and his wife Barbara, also an artist, have lived since 1964.
Stanczak’s work has been extensively exhibited internationally and is represented in more than 85 museums and 100 public collections. Also a distinguished educator, Stanczak began his 38-year teaching career in 1957 at the Art Academy of Cincinnati and the University of Cincinnati. In 1964, he became a professor of painting at CIA, a position he held until retiring in 1995.
View Julian Stanczak's website here.
Posted by Hannah Levy on October 7, 2013 11:00 AM