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Fangor Plays With Space
June 3, 2015   
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Work by Polish painter, graphic artist, poster designer and sculptor Wojciech Fangor is on show at the Spectra Art Space gallery in an exhibition focusing on three-dimensional space, a recurring theme in his work.

The new exhibition features many of Fangor’s most recognizable abstract paintings with circles and wavy lines that create an impression of depth and motion. These paintings are often classified as optical art. Visitors to Spectra Art Space can also see the artist’s experimental, three-dimensional structures, including a new project Fangor has produced especially for the gallery.

In 1958, Fangor created a groundbreaking gallery-space installation entitled A Study of Space, displayed at the New Culture Salon in Warsaw. The installation consisted of 20 canvases of different sizes, of which four were hung on walls and the rest were installed on freestanding easels. The focus of the exhibition was not on the individual paintings, but on the relations and dependencies between them. By choosing a path between the easels and paintings on the walls, the viewers themselves could become co-creators of Fangor’s project.

Items on show at the Spectra Art Space gallery include a series of “television paintings” in which Fangor used visual effects familiar from television. He took many photographs of TV screens and later used them as the basis for his paintings.

Fangor, 92, ranks among the world’s most prominent artists and is still active in his field. In 1970, he became the first and so far only Polish artist to have an individual exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City. In 2007, he designed the decor of stations on the second line of Warsaw’s metro system, producing the world’s largest underground gallery of optical art.

Until July 26;
Open Sat. and Sun. 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Spectra Art Space,
6 Bobrowiecka St., Warsaw
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