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Thomas Nozkowksi, Painter of Modest, Ineffable Abstractions, Dead at 75

Thomas Nozkowski, Untitled (9-46) , 2014. ©THOMAS NOZKOWKSI/KERRY RYAN MCFATE/COURTESY PACE GALLERY Thomas Nozkowski, whose quiet abstract paintings, drawings, and prints evoke notions of landscapes and cosmic forms, has died at 75. Pace Gallery, which represents the artist, confirmed the news. Nozkowski’s paintings were often based on natural scenes that he observed, but rarely did they reveal their source material. (He never titled his works beyond a number given to each one.) As a result, describing his vision could be a challenge. In Artforum in 2000, Barry Schwabsky wrote , “Art is often said to put language to the test, and rarely is that quite as true as in the case of Nozkowski’s paintings.” With their Matisse-like color schemes and Miro-esque organic forms, Nozkowski’s works recalled places or things their creator had glimpsed in the world. He described his paintings as memory devices. “By associating a color, a sign, or a shape to a memory, the more we own and can hold onto it,” Nozkowski told ARTnews in 2016. [ Read a 2016 Q&A with Nozkowski. ] Nozkowski began painting during the 1960s, when Conceptualism was in vogue and his medium of choice was considered unfashionable. In the years […]

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