The Kosciuszko Foundation Presents:
A Tribute to Julian Stanczak (1928-2017)
Painter, one of the founders of the Op-Art Movement, Educator
Friday, May 19th, 7:00 p.m.
The Kosciuszko Foundation: 15 E 65th Street, New York, NY 10065
Represented in the collections of more than sixty art museums throughout the United States and abroad, Julian Stanczak has maintained an international presence in contemporary painting throughout his sixty-year career. Although Stanczak came to prominence as a principal figure of the Op Art (Optical Art) movement in 1964, his mesmerizing compositions go beyond the visual illusions and "tricks of the eye" that characterize this style. Technically scrupulous, visually stunning, and metaphorically rich, Stanczak's paintings explore the psychology of visual perception through the physical juxtaposition of colors and spatially ephemeral forms.
Julian Stanczak left an immense artistic legacy. The Kosciuszko Foundation pays homage to his lifelong passion for art and color by portraying his life and work throughout the years. The evening will feature:
"Przemyśl - To catch the Light" - excerpts from a documentary by Tomasz Magierski about life and art of Julian Stanczak
Remarks by Dr. Marek Bartelik - art critic, art historian and poet; President of the International Asociation of Art Critics
Discussion with Barbara Stanczak - wife of Julian Stanczak, sculptor and educator, former Professor at Cleveland Institute of Art
Mini exhibit of Julian Stanczak works
A ligth reception to follow.
Tickets: $20/ $10 - KF Members, Students, Seniors
The experiences of nature's grandeur became crystallized in Julian's paintings as impressions transformed into abstract images of color, light, and joy. The metamorphoses his works captured—from expression to impression, from taking in to pouring out, from personal feelings to universal responses—were unique. Looking at an empty canvas, Julian would internalize its dimensions, divide its graphic space, visualize a color spectrum and paint mixtures, and balance his desired emotional/psychological effect, all in his head. He had the ability to see his paintings in great detail in his mind's eye, and he would impatiently pursue giving form to this vision. Julian had a great heart and intellect, but above all, it was his mind's eye that—for me, as an artist—was the most amazing and incredible of gifts. - Barbara Stanczak, wife of Julian Stanczak, sculptor