Richard Anuszkiewicz: Inward Eye Portfolio

Richard Anuszkiewicz realized the vibrantly-hued “Inward Eye” portfolio in 1970 after a friend told him that his work reminded him of the great 18th-century poet William Blake. The 10 optical screenprints in the series are filled with geometric shapes that seem to expand and contract infinitely—a visual nod to Blake’s work, which sought to recognize the divinity created by chance in the natural world rather than by a mythical creator. With names like Burning Bright, Divine Body, and Sun’s Light, Anuszkiewicz’s works challenge viewers to gaze upon them to “hold infinite in the palm of your hand,” in the words of Blake. Prints from the “Inward Eye” portfolio are held in the collections of several major museums, including the SFMOMA and the Whitney Museum.

Richard Anuszkiewicz, Inward Eye #4, 1970. Courtesy of …

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