Richard Anuszkiewicz 1930–2020

Richard Anuszkiewicz was born of humble beginnings in Erie, PA to working class immigrant parents. While attending a local Catholic school, the nuns noticed and encouraged his surprisingly advanced talent for drawing. At the age of 17 he won a National Scholastic Art award and then a full scholarship to the Institute of Art in Cleveland, Ohio where he would go on to earn a bachelor’s degree in fine arts in 1953. That same year he won a prestigious Pulitzer travel fellowship. Rather than go to Europe like so many of his contemporaries, he opted to study under Josef Albers at Yale University for his master’s degree.

Albers, a German-born artist and educator, was one of the most influential visual arts teachers of the 20th century and his theory of color and iconic color square paintings had an enormous impact on Anuszkiewicz’s artistic development. After graduating from Yale, Anuszkiewicz returned to Ohio and studied at Kent State University where he earned a teaching degree. It was during this time that he devoted himself more seriously to painting and delved deeper into color theory and optical perception. At first, his paintings found tepid reception, with dealers complaining that his works were nice to look at but difficult on the eyes. This all changed after his solo exhibition at Contemporaries gallery in New York in 1960.

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Auction Results Richard Anuszkiewicz

RICHARD ANUSZKIEWICZ, Progression: In and Out | wright20.com

Richard Anuszkiewicz

Progression: In and Out

estimate: $30,000–50,000
result: $81,250
RICHARD ANUSZKIEWICZ, Untitled (from the Temple Series) | wright20.com

Richard Anuszkiewicz

Untitled (from the Temple Series)

estimate: $50,000–70,000
result: $50,000
RICHARD ANUSZKIEWICZ, Mystic Red | wright20.com

Richard Anuszkiewicz

Mystic Red

estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $43,750
RICHARD ANUSZKIEWICZ, Untitled | wright20.com

Richard Anuszkiewicz

Untitled

estimate: $30,000–50,000
result: $37,500
RICHARD ANUSZKIEWICZ, Soft Grey Square with Lavender | wright20.com

Richard Anuszkiewicz

Soft Grey Square with Lavender

estimate: $30,000–50,000
result: $32,500
RICHARD ANUSZKIEWICZ, untitled | wright20.com

Richard Anuszkiewicz

untitled

estimate: $15,000–20,000
result: $12,000
RICHARD ANUSZKIEWICZ, Untitled | wright20.com

Richard Anuszkiewicz

Untitled

estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $11,875
RICHARD ANUSZKIEWICZ, untitled | wright20.com

Richard Anuszkiewicz

untitled

estimate: $3,000–4,000
result: $7,963
RICHARD ANUSZKIEWICZ, collection of twenty-two works | wright20.com

Richard Anuszkiewicz

collection of twenty-two works

estimate: $300–500
result: $7,500
RICHARD ANUSZKIEWICZ, Annual Editions (four works) | wright20.com

Richard Anuszkiewicz

Annual Editions (four works)

estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $6,250
RICHARD ANUSZKIEWICZ, Translucent | wright20.com

Richard Anuszkiewicz

Translucent

estimate: $6,000–8,000
result: $6,000
RICHARD ANUSZKIEWICZ, Untitled | wright20.com

Richard Anuszkiewicz

Untitled

estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $5,625
RICHARD ANUSZKIEWICZ, Annual Editions (four works) | wright20.com

Richard Anuszkiewicz

Annual Editions (four works)

estimate: $1,000–1,500
result: $5,000
RICHARD ANUSZKIEWICZ, Annual Editions (four works) | wright20.com

Richard Anuszkiewicz

Annual Editions (four works)

estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $4,375
RICHARD ANUSZKIEWICZ, Tapestry | wright20.com

Richard Anuszkiewicz

Tapestry

estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $4,225
RICHARD ANUSZKIEWICZ, Sequential VI, VIII and X (three works from the Sequential portfolio) | wright20.com

Richard Anuszkiewicz

Sequential VI, VIII and X (three works from the Sequential portfolio)

estimate: $1,000–1,500
result: $2,750
RICHARD ANUSZKIEWICZ, Untitled | wright20.com

Richard Anuszkiewicz

Untitled

estimate: $500–700
result: $2,750
RICHARD ANUSZKIEWICZ, Annual Editions (three works) | wright20.com

Richard Anuszkiewicz

Annual Editions (three works)

estimate: $1,000–1,500
result: $2,600
RICHARD ANUSZKIEWICZ, Untitled (Annual Edition) | wright20.com

Richard Anuszkiewicz

Untitled (Annual Edition)

estimate: $1,000–1,500
result: $1,664
RICHARD ANUSZKIEWICZ, Untitled (Annual Edition) | wright20.com

Richard Anuszkiewicz

Untitled (Annual Edition)

estimate: $700–900
result: $1,625
RICHARD ANUSZKIEWICZ, Untitled (Annual Edition) | wright20.com

Richard Anuszkiewicz

Untitled (Annual Edition)

estimate: $700–900
result: $1,500
RICHARD ANUSZKIEWICZ, Untitled (four works) | wright20.com

Richard Anuszkiewicz

Untitled (four works)

estimate: $500–700
result: $1,500
RICHARD ANUSZKIEWICZ, Untitled (from the Inward Eye portfolio) | wright20.com

Richard Anuszkiewicz

Untitled (from the Inward Eye portfolio)

estimate: $500–700
result: $1,375
RICHARD ANUSZKIEWICZ, Untitled (Annual Edition) | wright20.com

Richard Anuszkiewicz

Untitled (Annual Edition)

estimate: $1,000–1,500
result: $1,300