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Nicholas Krushenick: Collage

Garth Greenan Gallery is pleased to announce Nicholas Krushenick: Collage, an exhibition of works on paper at 545 West 20th Street. Opening Thursday, December 12, 2019, the exhibition is the artist’s fourth with the gallery. The exhibition will survey Krushenick’s collage works made from 1959 to 1981.

A formative medium for the artist, collage enabled Krushenick to establish a visual vocabulary that formed the basis for his most iconic works. The bright processed colors, broad black lines, and overlapping, quasi-organic forms that define his later works first appear in these bold, layered, and loosely stapled abstract Icarus, 1965 collages. It was through a selection of collages like these—initially shown at Brata Gallery in 1960—that Krushenick’s contemporaries were first introduced to what would become his mature style.

In Icarus (1965), white, ovoid forms overlap like tail feathers against the collage’s red and blue background. The composition is framed by what resemble sun-yellow cartoon stomach villi. The sharp black contours define each form and seem to intensify each individual color. As before, his work confounded ordinary classification, straddling the lines between Op, Pop, Abstract Expressionism, Minimalism, and Color Field painting. “They don’t know where to place me,” said Krushenick in an interview. “I’m out in left field all by myself. And that’s just where I want to stay.”

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.

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Date

Dec 12, 2019 - Jan 25, 2020

Contact

info@garthgreenan.com >

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Installation view of Nicholas Krushenick: Collage

Garth Greenan Gallery, New York

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Installation view of Nicholas Krushenick: Collage

Garth Greenan Gallery, New York

Artworks

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Untitled Collage No. 9

Untitled Collage No. 8

Untitled Collage No. 7

Untitled Collage No. 3

Untitled Collage No. 2

Mating of the Brandywine

Navy Lite

Zonk Out

Icarus

Untitled

Bread and Butter Series #6

Bread and Butter Series #1

Untitled

Nicholas Krushenick > <

Untitled Collage No. 9

Untitled Collage No. 8

Untitled Collage No. 7

Untitled Collage No. 3

Untitled Collage No. 2

Mating of the Brandywine

Navy Lite

Zonk Out

Icarus

Untitled

Bread and Butter Series #6

Bread and Butter Series #1

Untitled

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