Richard Anuszkiewicz design

by Dr. Lori Verderame

Born in Erie, Pennsylvania in 1930, Richard Anuszkiewicz was trained at the Cleveland Institute of Art and the Yale Art School under the tutelage of modernist master, Josef Albers.

Anuszkiewicz was a pioneer in the Op Art (Optical Retinal Stimulation Art) movement of the 1970s which addresses the subject of optical realism and the relationship of color pairs. The movement produced works of art that address the study of how the optic nerve works and how the eye sees color. Anuszkiewicz and his colleagues made a major contribution to late 20th Century American art by connecting their work to French Impressionism. Op Artists’ interest in color theory goes hand in hand with the work of the Impressionists who were also addressing how the optic nerve sees color, only one hundred years earlier.

Market for Op Art

Anuszkiewicz work

Anuszkiewicz’s works are held in major collections nationally and internationally. Best known for his paintings and prints of concentric rectangles and squares within squares of various color pairs, Anuszkiewicz’s pieces are in the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of Art, et. al.

Current sales records reflect that many Op Art pieces have skyrocketed in price. Op Art prints are regularly valued into the several thousands of dollars to tens of thousands of dollars range. Original paintings in this style are sold for upwards of six figures.

What to Look For

With similarities to the works on paper of Josef Albers and Alexander Calder prints, Anuszkiewicz produced works on paper that are colorful and stimulate the senses. His pieces are, like Calder’s work, regularly signed “Anuszkiewicz”. Also, these Op Art pieces were produced in both posters and prints with vast differences in quality and value. Anuszkiewicz’s works on paper were produced in limited editions which impact value based on their size, subject matter, and color palette.

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