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Jerzy “Jurry” Zieliński, Bez Buntu (Without Rebellion), 1970, oil on canvas, pillow, nail; painting: 59 x 78 1/4“; pillow: approx. 17 3/4 x 31 1/2 x 51 1/8”.

Jerzy “Jurry” Zieliński

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Jerzy “Jurry” Zieliński, Bez Buntu (Without Rebellion), 1970, oil on canvas, pillow, nail; painting: 59 x 78 1/4“; pillow: approx. 17 3/4 x 31 1/2 x 51 1/8”.

Polish artist Jerzy “Jurry” Zieliński (1943–1980) is remembered today as a legendary maverick, brawler, and vagabond, yet this outsize legacy seems to have overshadowed the artistic contributions he made over the course of his career. A traveling retrospective in Poland in 2010–11—heralded as “The Return of Jurry”—has fueled a resurgence of interest in his work, however, and has since been followed by two international exhibitions: the first at New York’s Oko gallery earlier in 2013, and more recently this show, “Jerzy “Jurry” Zieliński: Paintings 1968–1977.”

From a village southeast of Lodz, Zieliński found his way into the Academy of Fine Arts in the bustling capital of Warsaw in 1962 and into the studio of Jan Cybis, a founding father of Polish Post-Impressionism—a style that still maintained a firm grip on art education across the country. There Zieliński met

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