New York

James Juszczyk

Rosa Esman Gallery

James Juszczyk is a “pure” abstract painter, in the manner of Mondrian, Barnett Newman, Ad Reinhardt and others. He borrows substantially from these artists, producing works of rigorous rectangular geometry and deep, resonant color. The typical Juszczyk painting is divided into even thirds, quarters or fifths, which in turn contain a few small elongated subdivisions. Sometimes, these parts will be separated from each other simply by difference in color, but Juszczyk frequently draws boundaries between them by extending the color of one area into the territory of its neighbor. The dark crimson of the left side of Unless, 1,77, for instance, narrows abruptly to a single line which then splits the brighter red of the picture’s right side into apparently autonomous sections.

While there is a sense of mathematical calculation in Juszczyk’s compositions, then, they are subject to all sorts of

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