A colorful collection of paintings, collages, and drawings by well-rounded artist Nicholas Kruschenick, are currently on display in Chelsea in the exhibition Nicholas Kruschenick: Early Paintings.
The show offers works by Kruschenick that have never before been exhibited from 1961 through 1963, the time period in which he developed his pop-abstract style. The artist experiments with a variety of geometrical shapes and neon colors which differ from the softer and more blended tones used by many abstract expressionist artists. For instance, the painting Quick Red Foxdepicts a blue figure with yellow curves and stripes, and gray, triangular shapes perhaps representing a fox’s fur, against a bright orange background.
The vibrant and captivating painting Turn Back Columbus, illustrates a shape most likely representing the sun featuring a red center with yellow stripes, and orange flames on the edges.
Other paintings such as Rousseau Giving Love and Lions consist of monochromatic colors such as light green stripes that are horizontal on the bottom and form a curved arch shape at the top, against a black background. The show comes as a preview of a retrospective of works titled Nicholas Kruschenick’s Electric Soup to be held next year at Skidmore College. At the Garth Greenan Gallery, 529 W. 20th St., through Oct. 11. The gallery is open Tues.—Sat. from 10 a.m.—6 p.m.
Nicholas Krushenick: Early Paintings
September 4 – Ocober 11th, 2014
529 West 20th Street
New York, NY 10011
Tuesday – Saturday, 10 am – 6 pm
Article by Alison Martin
Photography provided by the Gallery and the Artists