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Thomas Nozkowski Imagined Systems

Thomas Nozkowski Imagined Systems

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A true “painter’s painter,” beloved by his fellow artists and revered by connoisseurs of contemporary abstraction, Thomas Nozkowski (1944-2019) created compositions of remarkable variety and originality. Though his images were drawn from the everyday world and personal experience, their literal sources are obscured, leaving only the faintest suggestion of the familiar. Like antecedents Jean Arp and Paul Klee, Nozkowski worked on an intimate scale particularly well suited to works on paper, and whose detail and variation demand the viewer’s focused study. His printmaking endeavors began late in his career in 1990, but he went on to complete some 45 editions, each characterized by the patterns and vivid color that infuse his paintings and works on paper. Of the challenge and pleasure of printmaking he said: A new tool can be bracing. Acid runs on a copper plate in a way that is the opposite of paint on linen; and an opaque, silvery gray is impossible with etching ink. My collaborators put me in a position where I have to rethink every part of my art making. The easy glyph and the elegant line must be reinvented and examined once again for their validity. That is a good thing.

 

Image: Thomas Nozkowski, Detail: Untitled #5, 2012

The sense of discovery that animates Nozkowski’s work makes repeated motifs seem newly invented each time. There are family resemblances among groups of paintings and works on paper—shared memories of the grid, repeated structures or background patterns—but color in each work is always unpredictable and every configuration seems unprecedented and indescribable: hors catégorie, like the steepest routes in bicycle races.

-Karen Wilkin, “Thomas Nozkowski: Paintings”, The Hopkins Review, Winter 2020

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Thomas Nozkowski

Untitled #5, 2002

Etching with aquatint on Somerset paper 

Paper size: 22 x 29 1/2 inches (55.9 x 74.9 cm)

Edition of 25

Signed and numbered on reverse

$5,000

Thomas Nozkowski

Untitled, 2006

Set of 5 etchings with aquatint on Hahnemuhle paper

Paper size: 10 3/4 x 13 3/4 inches (27.3 x 34.9 cm)

Edition of 25

Signed and numbered on reverse

$15,000

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Thomas Nozkowski at Simmelink/Sukimoto Editions, Kingston, New York, 2006

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Thomas Nozkowski
Untitled (A), 2006
Aquatint on Hahnemuhle paper
Paper size: 21 1/2 x 27 1/2 inches (54.6 x 69.9 cm)
Edition of 30
Signed and numbered on reverse
$4,000

Thomas Nozkowski
Untitled #6, 2012

3-block woodcut with 17 colors

Paper size: 22 x 28 inches (55.9 x 71.1 cm)

Edition of 25

Signed and numbered on reverse

$4,500

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Video Credit: Casimir Nozkowski

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Thomas Nozkowski
Untitled #1, 2012
7-plate aquatint with 8 colors, 2-block woodcut with 13 colors on Hahnemuhle paper
Paper size: 21 7/8 x 27 5/8 inches (55.6 x 70.2 cm)
Edition of 25
Signed and numbered on reverse
$4,500

Thomas Nozkowski
Untitled #2, 2012
4-plate aquatint with 4 colors, 3-block woodcut with 53 colors on Hahnemuhle paper
Paper size: 21 7/8 x 27 5/8 inches (55.6 x 70.2 cm)
Edition of 25

Signed and numbered on reverse
$4,500

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Thomas Nozkowski, Works on Paper 1991–2008, Senior & Shopmaker, 2010

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Thomas Nozkowski
Untitled #4, 2012
3-block woodcut with 3 colors, 16-small woodcuts with 16 colors on Okawara paper
Paper size: 22 1/8 x 29 3/4 inches (56.2 x 75.6 cm)
Edition of 25
Signed and numbered on reverse
$4,500

Thomas Nozkowski
Untitled #5, 2012
4-plate aquatint with 22 colors on Hahnemuhle paper
Paper size: 21 7/8 x 29 3/8 inches (55.6 x 74.6 cm)
Edition of 25
Signed and numbered on reverse
$4,500

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Thomas Nozkowski at Simmelink/Sukimoto Editions, Kingston, New York, 2006

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Thomas Nozkowski
Untitled 1, 2015
Woodcut and linocut printed in 14 colors on Hahnemuhle paper
Paper size: 22 x 30 inches (55.9 x 76.2 cm)
Edition of 25
Signed and numbered on reverse
$4,000

Thomas Nozkowski
Untitled II, 2015
Linocut printed in 25 colors on Hahnemuhle paper
Paper size: 22 x 30 1/8 inches (55.9 x 76.5 cm)
Edition of 25
Signed and numbered on reverse
$4,000

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Thomas Nozkowski

Thomas Nozkowski (b. 1944, Teaneck, New Jersey; d. 2019, New York) was recognized for his richly colored and intimately scaled abstract paintings and drawings that push the limits of visual language. Nozkowski graduated from Cooper Union in 1967, where he studied with Robert Gwathmey and Bauhaus-trained Hannes Beckmann. During the mid-1970s, two important decisions guided his work: he resolved to paint from personal experience and chose to work on a small scale. By 1974, he embraced easel painting, working on 16-by-20-inch prepared canvas boards, distinguishing his practice from the heroic scale and bravado of his Abstract Expressionist predecessors. He soon found that a smaller format enacted a formal freedom in his process-oriented practice that had otherwise been exhausted with large surfaces.


Works by Nozkowski have been featured in over 300 group exhibitions, including Think with the Senses, Feel with the Mind – Art in the Present Tense, curated by Robert Storr at the Italian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale (2007), as well as group exhibitions at The Museum of Modern Art, New York (2012), Royal Academy of Arts, London (2012), The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (2016), Kingsborough Art Museum, Brooklyn (2017), and University of Kentucky Art Museum, Lexington (2017). He has been the subject of over eighty solo exhibitions, including Subject to Change at the Ludwig Museum, Koblenz, Germany (2007); Paintings, a survey at Fisher Landau Center, Long Island City, New York (2008); a retrospective at the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa (2009); Touchstones at University of Kentucky Art Museum, Lexington (2017); and Paintings at Art Omi, Ghent, New York (2018), among others. He held the position of Professor of Fine Art, and later as Visiting Professor Emeritus, at the Mason Gross School of the Arts of Rutgers University, New Jersey, from 2000 to 2018.
 

Nozkowski’s works are held in over forty public collections throughout the United States and abroad, including Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York; Brooklyn Museum, New York; Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; Dallas Museum of Art; Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, Massachusetts; FRAC Centre, Orleans, France; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.; Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Princeton University Art Museum, New Jersey; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.; and Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, among others. The artist’s estate is represented by Pace Gallery.

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