Acrylic on canvas
60 x 60 "
Stanczak was one of the leaders of the "OP Art" ("Optical Art") movement, which flourished during the 1960s and 1970s. Even though he never liked it, the term "Optical Art" itself was coined by art critics in response to Stanczak's first one person exhibition at the Martha Jackson gallery in New York in 1964. (Jackson titled the show "Julian Stanczak--Optical Paintings" over the objection of Stanczak and his teacher, Josef Albers). Stanczak is best known for his vibrant explorations of color relationships, and his work is best seen as a continuation of the logical exploration of color begun by Delacroix, the Impressionists and particularly the Neo-Impressionist ("pointillist") painters Georges Seurat and Paul Signac.
"Sheen" is an extremely complex painting, consisting of numerous, minute color shifts that result in the appearance of a glowing "X" in the center of the canvas, even though an "X" is not actually present.
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