New York, 1929 - 1999

Nicholas Krushenick

Born in the Bronx, New York, Nicholas Krushenick (1929–1999) studied painting at the Art Students League and the Hans Hofmann School of Fine Arts. After completing his training, Krushenick designed window displays and worked in the Framing Department of the Museum of Modern Art. From 1957 to 1962, the artist, along with his brother John, operated the now legendary Brata Gallery in Manhattan’s East Village. Brata displayed work by many of the foremost artists of the day, including Ronald Bladen, Ed Clark, Al Held, Yayoi Kusama, and George Sugarman.

During the 1960s and 1970s, Krushenick had solo exhibitions at a number of influential galleries, including Graham Gallery (1958, 1962, 1964, New York), Fischbach Gallery (1965, New York), Galerie Sonnabend (1967, Paris), Galerie Ziegler (1969, Zürich), Galerie Beyeler (1971, Basel), and...

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Biography

Born in the Bronx, New York, Nicholas Krushenick (1929–1999) studied painting at the Art Students League and the Hans Hofmann School of Fine Arts. After completing his training, Krushenick designed window displays and worked in the Framing Department of the Museum of Modern Art. From 1957 to 1962, the artist, along with his brother John, operated the now legendary Brata Gallery in Manhattan’s East Village. Brata displayed work by many of the foremost artists of the day, including Ronald Bladen, Ed Clark, Al Held, Yayoi Kusama, and George Sugarman.

During the 1960s and 1970s, Krushenick had solo exhibitions at a number of influential galleries, including Graham Gallery (1958, 1962, 1964, New York), Fischbach Gallery (1965, New York), Galerie Sonnabend (1967, Paris), Galerie Ziegler (1969, Zürich), Galerie Beyeler (1971, Basel), and Pace Gallery (1967, 1969, 1972, New York). His work also figured prominently in many landmark museum exhibitions, such as Post Painterly Abstraction (1964, Los Angeles County Museum of Art), Vormen van de Kleur (1964, Stedelijk Museum), Systemic Painting (1965, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum), and Documenta 4 (1968, Fridericianum), among others. In 1968, the Walker Art Center mounted a retrospective exhibition of Krushenick’s work. His first European retrospective came four years later, in 1972, at the Kestner-Gesellschaft in Hannover, Germany. In 2015, he had a retrospective at the Tang Gallery, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, New York, entitled Nicholas Krushenick: Electric Soup.

Krushenick’s work is featured in the collections of more than sixty major museums, including the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo; the Baltimore Museum of Art; the Empire State Plaza Art Collection, Albany, New York; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC; the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond; the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.

Artworks

12

Untitled Collage No. 9, 1970

Related Categories

20th Century Art / Abstract Expressionism / Abstract Painting / Abstraction / Acrylic Paint / American Abstract Expressionism / American Art / Art of the 1960s / Art of the 1970s / Bright Colors / Collage / Color and Form / Color Field Abstraction / Color Field Painting / Dense Composition / Less is More / Minimalism / New York / Paper Collage / Point / Line / Plane / Pop Art / Primary Colors / United States / Works on Paper

Curriculum Vitae

Education

  • The Art Students League of New York

  • Hans Hofmann School of Fine Arts

Selected Exhibitions

  • 2019

    Nicholas Krushenick: Collage, Garth Greenan Gallery, New York

  • 2015

    Nicholas Krushenick: Electric Soup, Tang Gallery, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, New York

Collections

  • Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo

  • Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore

  • Empire State Plaza Art Collection, Albany, New York

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Education

  • The Art Students League of New York

  • Hans Hofmann School of Fine Arts

Selected Exhibitions

  • 2019

    Nicholas Krushenick: Collage, Garth Greenan Gallery, New York

  • 2015

    Nicholas Krushenick: Electric Soup, Tang Gallery, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, New York

Collections

  • Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo

  • Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore

  • Empire State Plaza Art Collection, Albany, New York

  • Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

  • Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

  • Museum of Modern Art, New York

  • Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC

  • Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam

  • Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond

  • Walker Art Center, Minneapolis