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Jan Zakrzewski

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For the last 25 years Jan Zakrzewski (formerly Vladimir Jan Zakrzewski) has oscillated between examining the legacy of Constructivism and making figurative paintings with conceptual overtones. Although Zakrzewski’s oeuvre has occasionally veered toward the ephemeral and as a whole may seem somewhat erratic (in the early ’70s, he made documentary films and staged happenings), it has always engaged in an “esthetic play” that allows him to explore the processes of memory, fantasy, and identification.

The muted quality of this exhibition masked a painful reconstitution of artistic identity, a careful mapping of personal history and familiar spaces, both past and present. Zakrzewski returned to his childhood in works engaged with the memory of his father, Wlodzimierz Zakrzewski, a well-known Polish landscape painter who died in 1992. Wlodek on the Balcony, 1993, is based on his father’s painting

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