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SZUKALSKI
A Solo Exhibition of Works by Stanislav Szukalksi
May 5 - June 2, 2012
Stanislav Szukalski

Varnish Fine Art is pleased to present Szukalski, a solo exhibition of works by the forgotten master artist, Stanislav Szukalski. The show includes Szukalski’s bronze sculptures plus never before exhibited 2-D works, including original conté and pen & ink drawings. Hailed as an artistic genius from the age of six and lauded as Poland’s “Greatest Living Artist,” Szukalski lived in relative obscurity and varying levels of poverty after the Siege of Warsaw in 1939 led to the destruction or confiscation of most of his works. He returned to the US and lived a life in service to his artistic passions and belief in the essential nobility of “man” that infused his works until his death in 1987. Books on the life and works of Stanislav Szukalski are available via the Varnish Fine Art Emporium (online store).

“I put Rodin in one pocket, Michelangelo in the other, and I walk towards the sun.” -- Szukalski

In Szukalski, the artist’s never before seen two-dimensional works are available to the public for the first time as well as his masterful large and small bronze sculptures. Over his lifetime, Szukalski studied other cultures and took a hard look at his own, developing a theory (some say pseudo-science) of the origins and history of modern day civilization called “Zermatism” on which he wrote and illustrated 42 volumes. Szukalski’s unorthodox perspectives and “inconvenient opinions” fused with his technical skills as a sculptor and draughtsman make for beautifully confrontational sculptures and drawings of uncommon passion and thoughtfulness. A review of his 2001 retrospective in the Los Angeles Times noted “As a man and an artist he thrived on bold gestures… his work aspires to the monumental, regardless of the physical scale… “

The late screenwriter Ben Hecht described Szkukalski as “starving, muscular, aristocratic and smoldering with disdain for lesser beings than himself.” This personal confidence and (failure?) to compromise resulted in a “cultural gag order” that would effectively deny him entrée and acceptance into the Art World and ensured his genius not be recognized by any but the most ardent admirers of his strong will and exceptional talents, in spite of his questionable prejudices and ideologies. Varnish Fine Art is proud to be one of the few exhibiting galleries for Stanislav Szukalski.

Stanislav Szukalski (1893-1987) fused the movement and energy of Futurism, the emotion of Impressionism and the geometric configurations of Cubism into a single poetic form referred to as “Bent Classicism.” Szukalski left 1920’s Chicago to return to his native Poland where he was recognized by the Ministry of Art as the country’s “Greatest Living Artist.” The ravages of World War II destroyed much of Szukalski’s artwork, thus laying the groundwork for his fall into obscurity and return to the United States. By the time the artist was rediscovered in southern California in 1972 by publisher Glenn Bray, a large and masterful body of work had been created and many works were later found in post-war Poland. A retrospective of Szukalski’s works was exhibited at the Laguna Art Museum in 2001 under the patronage of Glenn Bray and the DiCaprio Family. A solo show, The Self-Born, was exhibited at Varnish Fine Art in 2005, and his work was featured on the cover of Juxtapoz magazine the same year. His works are on permanent display at the Polish Museum of America in Chicago and the Polish National Museum in Warsaw and are in numerous private collections.

Special thanks to Caria Tomczykowska and the Polish Arts and Culture Foundation for their generous support!

EXHIBIT CATALOG


Press Release



Artwork:

formatting Atlantea
Atlantea
Bronze
Edition of 9, #8/9
18 x 13 x 22 inches
 
formatting Arm of Twilight
Arm of Twilight
Cast Bronze
1915
Edition of 6, #2/6
10 x 4. x 3. inches
 
formatting Katyn Medallion
Katyn Medallion
Cast Bronze
Edition of 100, #60
3 inches
 
formatting Stuttering Philosopher
Stuttering Philosopher
Cast Bronze
1915
Edition of 25
4 x 5 x 12 inches
 
formatting Arm of Twilight
Humans Ensnared
Cast Bronze
Edition of 12 #3/12
8 x 8 inches
 
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Solzhenitsyn
Cast Bronze
Edition of 6, #3/6
9.75 x 9.75 inches
 
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Polish Eagle
Cast Bronze
Edition of 6, #2/6
5.5 x 5.5 inches
 
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Menora
Cast Bronze
Edition of 12, #3/12
6. x 6 inches
 
formatting White Horse
White Horse
Cast Bronze
Edition of 60, #3/60
6 x 3 x 4 inches
 
formatting Solzhenitsyn Medallion
Solzhenitsyn Medallion
Bronze
Edition of 100, Unnumbered
2 x 2 inches
 
formatting Frog
Frog
Cast Bronze
Edition of 50, #5/50
3 x 1.5 inches
 
formatting Heavenly Nurse
Heavenly Nurse
Bronze
Edition of 25, #11, #12
3 x 2 1/2 inches
 
formatting Seated Maiden
Seated Maiden
Cast Bronze
Edition of 35, #4/35
6 x 6 x 9 inches
 
formatting Yaltantal
Head of Yaltantal
Cast Bronze
1945
Edition of 35, #6/35
4 x 4 x 4 inches
 
formatting Eva
Eva
Cast Bronze
Edition of 30, #13, #14
3 x 2 inches
 
formatting Struggle
Struggle
Cast Bronze
1917
Edition of 9, #7/9
10 x 9 x 19 inches
 
formatting Perfidious Angloamerican Duplicity
Perfidious Angloamerican Duplicity
Cast Bronze
Edition of 12, #2/12
10 x 10 inches
 
formatting Merman
Merman
Cast Bronze
Edition of 6, #3/6
5 x 14 x 10 inches
 
formatting Labor
Labor
Cast Bronze
1916
Foundry Proof, FP3
18 x 6 x 16 inches
 
formatting Krak_ Carried Away
Krak, Carried Away
Cast Bronze
1940
Edition of 12, #2/12
8 x 6 x 11 inches
 
formatting Imploration (AKA-A Plea)
Imploration (AKA-A Plea)
Cast Bronze
1914
Foundry Proof, FP3
12 x 12 x 38 inches
 
formatting Frozen Youth
Frozen Youth
Cast Bronze
c.1940
Edition of 9, #FP4
24 x 9 x 20 inches
 
formatting Erin Go Brata
Erin Go Brata
Cast Bronze
Edition of 40, #3/40
7.25 x 7.25 inches
 
formatting Defense
Defense
Cast Bronze
1929
Edition of 9, #3/9
14 x 20 x 30 inches
 
formatting Copernicus
Copernicus
Cast Bronze
Edition of 12, #2/12
10.5 inches
 
formatting Cecora
Cecora
Cast Bronze
1927
Edition of 9, #1/9
8 x 8 x 16 inches
 
formatting Beware of Subhuman Revolutions
Beware of Subhuman Revolutions
Bronze
FP1, Foundry Proof
9 x 9 inches
 
formatting Adam Mickiewicz
Adam Mickiewicz
Cast Bronze
Edition of 40, #4/40
8 inches
 
formatting Landscape Painter As Cloud Picker
Gammadion Plow
Ink on Paper
17 x 21 inches
 
formatting Landscape Painter As Cloud Picker
Monument for Warsaw Heroes
Pen & Ink on Paper
1958
21 x 17 inches
 
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Chelmno
Pen & Ink on Paper
1954
21 x 17 inches
 
formatting Landscape Painter As Cloud Picker
Nearsolar Epoch
Graphite & Ink on Strathmore Paper
21 x 31 inches
 
formatting Landscape Painter As Cloud Picker
Mooncore
Conte & Ink on Paper
20 x 26 inches
 
formatting Landscape Painter As Cloud Picker
Rybogini of Gidle
Conte on Paper
1975
28.25 x 27 inches
 
formatting Landscape Painter As Cloud Picker
Landscape Painter As Cloud Picker
Conte on Paper
1952
30 x 38 inches
 
formatting Landscape Painter As Cloud Picker
Gaul With Stag Head
Conte & Ink on Paper
1973
26 x 32 inches
 
formatting Copernicus
Copernicus
(Limited Edition Prints)
Print
c.1971
Limited Edition Prints
27 x 23 inches
 
formatting Fallen Angel
Fallen Angel
Giclee Print on Archival Paper
Edition of 12, #3/12
26 x 20 inches
 
formatting Copernicus
Copernicus Tower
(Limited Edition Prints)
Print
Limited Edition Prints
26 x 20 inches
 
formatting Fallen Angel
DyePrint Transfer (Pink Edition)
Giclee Print
1952
AP
24 x 28 inches
 
formatting Fallen Angel
DyePrint Transfer (Regular Edition)
Giclee Print
24 x 28 inches
 
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Gammadion Lecture Hall
Giclee Print on Archival Paper
Edition of 12, #2/12
35 x 30 inches
 
formatting Landscape Painter As Cloud Picker
Krak Slaying the Dragon
Zermatism Series
Pen & Ink on Paper
19 x 15 inches
 
formatting Landscape Painter As Cloud Picker
Argus
Zermatism Series
Pen & Ink on Paper
19 x 15 inches
 
formatting Landscape Painter As Cloud Picker
India
Zermatism Series
Pen & Ink on Paper
13 x 17 inches
 
formatting Landscape Painter As Cloud Picker
Mayan Oce-On
Zermatism Series
Pen & Ink on Paper
19 x 15 inches
 
formatting Landscape Painter As Cloud Picker
Lioness Ko
Zermatism Series
Pen & Ink on Paper
12 x 15 inches
 
formatting Landscape Painter As Cloud Picker
Etruscan (small)
Zermatism Series
Ink on Paper
19 x 15 inches
 
formatting Landscape Painter As Cloud Picker
Mexico
Zermatism Series
Ink on Paper
21.5 x 17.5 inches
 
formatting Landscape Painter As Cloud Picker
Norway
Zermatism Series
Pen & Ink on Paper
22 x 18 inches
 
formatting Landscape Painter As Cloud Picker
Etruscan Italy
Zermatism Series
Ink on Paper
21.5 x 17.5 inches
 
formatting Landscape Painter As Cloud Picker
Mayan Chichen Itza
Zermatism Series
Pen & Ink on Paper
19 x 15 inches
 
formatting Landscape Painter As Cloud Picker
Cross
Zermatism Series
Ink on Paper
20 x 13 inches
 
formatting Fallen Angel
Szukalski in Studio
Giclee Print on Archival Paper
20 x 13 inches
 
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Szukalski in the Park
Giclee Print on Archival Paper
13 x 17 inches
 
formatting Struggle
Struggle
Photograph
20 x 15.75 inches
 
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Szukalski Sneering
Giclee Print on Archival Paper
22 x 18.5 inches
 
formatting Struggle
Annunciation
Photograph
25 x 29 inches
 
formatting Struggle
Echo
Photograph
20 x 16.25 inches
 

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