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Geometric Obsession - American School 1965-2015
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POST-OP: The Responsive Eye - Fifty Years After

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Acrylic on board   1964
40 x 36 x 1.5 in
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Ed  Mieczkowski Leith Walk Red Leith Walk Red
Mixed media   1984
17 x 14 in
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Ed  Mieczkowski Square Rack Series _33 Square Rack Series #33
Pastel on paper   1974
23 x 18.5 in
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Ed  Mieczkowski

Ed Mieczkowski

Ed Mieczkowski Biography

A leader in the hard-edged, geometric abstractionist movement that arose in the U.S. and Europe in the late 1950s, Edwin Mieczkowski is regarded as one of the earliest proponents of Optical Art, a style that rivaled Abstract Expressionism for dominance in the mid-1960s.

 

Born in Pittsburgh in 1929, he received his BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 1957 and his MFA from Carnegie Mellon in 1959.  He taught at the Cleveland Institute of Art for 39 years, even while maintaining a home and studio for a number of years in New York City. 

 

Together with Frank Hewitt and Ernst Benkert, he formed an artist group called Anonima.  Sharing studio space in New York and other locations, they followed a rigorous, self-imposed program of painting exercises to explore the effects of color, brightness and form on visual perception, prefiguring and becoming part of the Op Art movement.

 

Mieczkowski’s painting, Adele’s Class Ring, appeared in the 1964 Time magazine article that first introduced the term Op Art to the public.  With his Anonima colleagues, he was also included in The Responsive Eye exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1965—the seminal exhibition of Optical Art—alongside work by such artists as Josef Albers, Victor Vasarely, Julian Stanzcak, Morris Louis, Kenneth Noland, Richard Anuszkiewicz, Carlos Cruz-Diaz, Ad Reinhardt, Jesús Rafael Soto and Bridget Riley.  

 

Mieczkowski spent the next several decades quietly pursuing his intuitive explorations in geometric and perceptual abstraction while teaching at the Cleveland Institute of Art.  He executed a number of public art commissions in this period, the most prominent being his 1979 tondo titled Sommer’s Sun in the Cleveland Public Library’s Brett Hall.

 

His work has been collected by museums in Israel, Denmark and Poland as well as the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Akron Art Museum, the New Jersey State Museum and the Robert Hull Fleming Museum in Vermont.

 

His most recent work uses the straight lines and angles of geometric abstraction to create dazzling representations of concepts from the new sciences, especially biomedicine and biotechnology.

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2015        Op Infinitum: “The Responsive Eye” Fifty Years After, Part I, Part II, American Op Art in the 60’s, David Richard Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

 

 

 

 

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