McClain Gallery is pleased to announce a capsule exhibition of Richard Anuszkiewicz's Centered Squares. Conceived in the late 1970s, this series occupied the artist throughout the 1980s. He ultimately returned to these works in the 2010s before his death in 2020. The paintings on display continue the artist’s focus on the optical possibilities of juxtaposing colors. While Anuszkiewicz is known for his early involvement as an Op artist, the subtle depths of these paintings call forth other associations: mainly the rigorous color theory of his mentor Josef Albers. Anuszkiewicz activates the space around his vividly chromatic squares with radiating lines to suggest volumes of depth. The resulting paintings exemplify the artist’s mastery of the alchemical properties of color; challenging the eye of each viewer while simultaneously suggesting otherworldly, light-filled expanses.
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