Translumina198848 x 48 in.(121.92 x 121.92 cm) acrylic on wood
Provenance Collection of the Artist
Charles Foley Gallery, Columbus, Ohio
Private Collection, California, 1988
Heather James Fine Art, California
Private Collection, California, 2019
Op Art evolved as an alternative trend in painting to the abstract expressionist movement of the 1950s. The genesis of the movement was in the 1960s, when artists such as Victor Vasarely, Bridget Riley, and Richard Anuszkiewicz embraced a more structured and geometric approach to their painting, often using visual tricks to create a sense of movement. While the artistic and spiritual predecessors to OP Art, such as Josef Albers (!888-1976), utilized a softer and more subdued approach, the Op Artists were using bold, large-scale works with variable dimensions to create their visual statement.
A student of Albers, Richard Anuszkiewicz, used enamel and acrylic paint on wood in such a way to create his uncompromising and exact compositions. A great sense of action can be felt in the present work, "Translumina". The sister piece to "Translumina," "Translumina II" (1986), is in the permanent collection of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo.