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Nicholas Krushenick

Garth Greenan Gallery, New York, G18

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Nicholas Krushenick, United Color Kit, 1967, Acrylic on canvas, 127 ×  × 101.5 cm, Courtesy of The Estate of Nicholas Krushenick and Garth Greenan Gallery, New York.

Nicholas Krushenick, United Color Kit, 1967, Acrylic on canvas, 127 ×  × 101.5 cm, Courtesy of The Estate of Nicholas Krushenick and Garth Greenan Gallery, New York.

For Spotlight, Garth Greenan Gallery presents ‘Inventing Pop Abstraction’, a solo exhibition of work by Nicholas Krushenick. The three paintings included provide an overview of Krushenick’s work from 1965–67, a period of intense formal, as well as technical innovation. During this period, Krushenick developed a distinct style that straddled the lines between Op, Pop, Abstract Expressionism, Minimalism, and Colour Field Painting. Juxtaposing broad black lines with flat Liquitex colours, he created bold, energetic compositions that combined the graphic clarity of Pop with non-figurative shapes and forms. Works like Flying Circus (1965) demonstrate Krushenick’s deliberate caricature of painterly “drips” or “skeins” into what more closely resemble details from cartoons—‘like close-ups of Superman’s hair follicles’, as critic Robert Rosenblum once wrote. Krushenick relished his unclassifiable status: ‘They don’t know where to place me. Like I’m out in left field all by myself. And that’s just where I want to stay.’

Garth Greenan Gallery's presentation also includes a custom vitrine featuring a selection of rare preparatory drawings. Throughout his career, Krushenick was very secretive about his work as a draftsman. He was embarrassed by the unfinished quality and perceived ‘lack of precision’ in many of his drawings. Regardless, they provide a unique opportunity for viewers to understand another aspect of the artist’s process.

This presentation marks the first time that Krushenick’s work has been displayed in the UK. It was last shown in Europe in 1973.

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