Julian Stanczak: DUO

September 16 - October 21, 2017


Diane Rosenstein is pleased to announce DUO, a solo exhibition of paintings by the late American artist Julian Stanczak.  This exhibition includes twelve geometric paintings with a reduced pairing of two colors. These compositions were created over a period of forty years (1970 – 2011) and articulate the artist’s abiding interest in music and his intuitive use of color to achieve visually harmonic vibrations.  This exhibition of Stanczak’s paintings is Diane Rosenstein Gallery’s second solo exhibition with the artist, and the first since his recent passing on March 25, 2017. 


Working with acrylics, Stanczak created meticulous compositions that center on the complexity of color relationships and their effect on forms and space. Fueled by his own personal history of shifting geography, the perceptual effect of one of Stanczak’s paintings can range from a subtle vibrating glow to a rhythmic oscillation.  Stanczak’s reverence for color came from a desire to translate the drama and power of nature into a universal impression.  While incredibly methodical, Stanczak worked alone on his canvases without the aid of preliminary sketches, relying solely on his own vision of a finished work.


Earlier this year, after the artist’s death, Roberta Smith observed, “He produced some of the most emotionally gripping paintings associated with the Op trend. This was achieved partly by his delicately textured paint surfaces and partly by the soft light that often infiltrated his forms and patterns, the result of an infinitesimal adjustment of the shades of one or two colors.” (New York Times, April 11, 2017).


Next summer, Julian Stanczak’s monumental “Carter Manor” mural (1973) will be re-created in Canvas City, as part of the FRONT International Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art (curated by Jens Hoffmann and Michelle Grabner).

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