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Thomas Nozkowski, 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. In a statement, Arne and Marc Glimcher, the chairman and the president and CEO of Pace, respectively, said in a statement, “Tom was a great, innovative painter and a wonderful friend. He leaves a space that cannot easily be filled; but what an incredible gift he has been to all of us. He added brilliance to every life he touched, and his work changed the way we all see the world.” 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 […]

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