Richard Anuszkiewicz

American, b. 1930, Erie, Pennsylvania; d. 2020, Englewood, New Jersey
Richard Anuszkiewicz


Richard Anuszkiewicz was an influential artist in the history of Op Art (short for optical art) whose work studies the effects of color to create perceptual illusions. Line is an essential component of Anuszkiewicz’s art and he used architectural tape to achieve straight-edged, repetitive patterns. Grand Spectra is composed of four panels consisting of repetitive and colorful square units filled with smaller square units decreasing in size. Vibrant red squares with green and blue outlines draw one’s eye to the work’s perimeter while yellow squares redirect focus toward the center of the work.

Grand Spectra
Grand Spectra


Title: Grand Spectra
Date: 1968
Medium: acrylic on canvas
Dimensions: 120 x 120 inches
Accession Number: P69.3.1
Location: North Concourse









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