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Oral history interview with Richard Anuszkiewicz, 1971 December 28 - 1972 January 7

Anuszkiewicz, Richard, 1930-2020



Collection Information

Size: 49 Pages, Transcript

Format: Originally recorded on 2 sound tape reels. Reformatted in 2010 as 8 digital wav files. Duration is 3 hrs., 43 min.

Summary: An interview of Richard Anuszkiewicz conducted 1971 December 28 - 1972 January 7, by Paul Cummings, for the Archives of American Art. Anuszkiewicz speaks of his parochial education in Erie, Pennsylvania; the influence of Joseph Plavcan, a teacher at Erie Tech.; his early use of dark outlines; his classes with Josef Albers at Yale University and with Henry Hensche in Provincetown; his transition from realism to abstraction and his relationship with Julian Stanczak. He recalls exhibitions at the Kotler, the Contemporaries and Janis Galleries; employment as a house painter, restorer, silver designer, and teacher; and discusses his explorations of color, line, methods and techniques.

Biographical/Historical Note

Richard Anuszkiewicz (1930-2020) was an Op Art painter from New York, New York.


These interviews are part of the Archives of American Art Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and others.

Language Note

English .

How to Use This Collection

Transcript: 35mm microfilm reel 3196 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Transcript: Patrons must use microfilm copy.

Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Richard Anuszkiewicz, 1971 December 28 - 1972 January 7. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.