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NYC Show for Veteran Polish Artist
September 30, 2013   
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Konrad Jarodzki, 85, a veteran Polish artist based in the southwestern city of Wrocław, is having his first solo show in New York.

The exhibition, entitled Distorted Clarity, runs until Oct. 3 in Manhattan. It was made possible by Wrocław culture foundation Fundacja Cztery Strony Kultury, which teamed up with New York-based non-profit arts organization chashama, which has supported and promoted more than 15,000 contemporary artists from across the world since 1995.

“Professor Jarodzki is the first artist from Poland promoted by chashama, and his New York show has opened a new chapter in cultural cooperation between Poland and the U.S., between Wrocław, the European Capital of Culture 2016, and New York, the most important city for contemporary art,” says Waldemar Płusa, president of Fundacja Cztery Strony Kultury and curator of Jarodzki’s exhibition. “Professor Jarodzki is an artist of exceptional merit in terms of Polish culture. Wrocław could not have a better ambassador of contemporary art.”

According to Płusa, the exhibition “shows the strong spirit of the artist and proves that it is always worth being active, regardless of how old you are.”

Jarodzki has been working as an artist since the 1950s. His pictures and drawings reflect his constant pursuit of a balance between space and form.

The New York show features around 50 of Jarodzki’s works centered on space, movement, and light, while revealing the artist’s commitment to “pure technique”—using only the paintbrush, spatula and canvas.

Many of his works reflect his wartime experiences and some focus on the 9/11 terrorist attacks in the United States in 2001 and their aftermath.

“I hope New York is not the last venue for this exhibition,” says Płusa. “It is so well put together that it can be shown all over the world, perhaps in Toronto or Berlin, if we only manage to find partners there.”

The exhibition is being held under the auspices of Polish Culture Minister Bogdan Zdrojewski and Wrocław Mayor Rafał Dutkiewicz.

Born Dec. 31, 1927, Jarodzki has a degree in architecture from the Wrocław University of Technology and a degree in painting from the State College of Fine Arts in Wrocław. He obtained these between 1949 and 1958. In the late 1950s he started working as an architect and helped rebuild Wrocław from ruin after World War II. In the late 1960s he began working at the Wrocław Academy of Fine Arts, first as a lecturer, and then going on to be appointed a professor. When martial law was declared in Poland in December 1981 he was interned and spent the winter in prison. He was released in March 1982 and continued to work at the Academy under he retired in 1999.

Over the years, Jarodzki has shown his work at dozens of exhibitions in Poland and abroad. His work can be found in many public and private collections across Europe.

Konrad Jarodzki; Distorted Clarity
Sept. 19-Oct. 3, 2013
chashama, 210 East 43rd Street, New York
Open Tuesday to Saturday, 12 p.m.-6 p.m.
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