Richard Anuszkiewicz, ‘OP ART SILK SCARF FOR THE SMITHSONIAN (Limited Edition)’, 1970-1975, Alpha 137 Gallery
Richard Anuszkiewicz, ‘OP ART SILK SCARF FOR THE SMITHSONIAN (Limited Edition)’, 1970-1975, Alpha 137 Gallery
Richard Anuszkiewicz, ‘OP ART SILK SCARF FOR THE SMITHSONIAN (Limited Edition)’, 1970-1975, Alpha 137 Gallery
Richard Anuszkiewicz, ‘OP ART SILK SCARF FOR THE SMITHSONIAN (Limited Edition)’, 1970-1975, Alpha 137 Gallery
Richard Anuszkiewicz, ‘OP ART SILK SCARF FOR THE SMITHSONIAN (Limited Edition)’, 1970-1975, Alpha 137 Gallery
Richard Anuszkiewicz, ‘OP ART SILK SCARF FOR THE SMITHSONIAN (Limited Edition)’, 1970-1975, Alpha 137 Gallery
Richard Anuszkiewicz, ‘OP ART SILK SCARF FOR THE SMITHSONIAN (Limited Edition)’, 1970-1975, Alpha 137 Gallery
Richard Anuszkiewicz, ‘OP ART SILK SCARF FOR THE SMITHSONIAN (Limited Edition)’, 1970-1975, Alpha 137 Gallery

In the 1970s, when Op Art was the rage, the Smithsonian commissioned Richard Anuszkiewicz to create a series of silk scarves to be sold in the museum's gift shop. While the exact number of scarves produced is not known, they were done in a limit first edition (thought to be fewer than a few hundred), and once the museum sold out they were not re-issued. Today, they are highly sought after vintage collectors items. As the scarf is boldly signed on the plate on the front - it looks terrific when framed. It's wear-able and frame-able art -- also makes a terrific gift.

Richard Anuszkiewicz, a protege and former student of Josef Albers at Yale, is considered the founder of the Op Art movement here in the USA. He trained at the Cleveland Institute of Art in Cleveland, Ohio (1948–1953), and then with Josef Albers at the Yale University School of Art and Architecture. In 1964, Life magazine called him "one of the new wizards of Op" and for years he was represented by the legendary Sidney Janis Gallery. More recently, while reflecting on a New York City gallery show of Anuszkiewicz's from 2000, the New York Times art critic Holland Cotter described Anuszkiewicz's paintings by stating, "The drama -- and that feels like the right word -- is in the subtle chemistry of complementary colors, which makes the geometry glow as if light were leaking out from behind it." Anuszkiewicz has exhibited at the Venice Biennale, Florence Biennale and Documenta, and his works are in permanent collections internationally.

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Signature: Printed signature in white cursive on the front.

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About Richard Anuszkiewicz

Combining an interest in the nature of perception with investigations into the visual and psychological resonance of color, Richard Anuszkiewicz produces paintings whose vibrant colors and geometric shapes seem to pop and pulsate off of the canvas. A student of Josef Albers and one of the leading practitioners of Op art and geometric abstraction, Anuszkiewicz explores color and form in his flat, vibrant abstractions, attempting to reveal the malleability of our perceptions of stillness and movement, depth and color.

American, b. 1930, Erie, Pennsylvania