THE LINE IN STEFAN GIEROWSKI'S PAINTING

Vernissage: Wednesday, 11 April, 6 pm
Free admission!


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This exhibition of paintings by Stefan Gierowski, an outstanding representative of contemporary painting avant-garde, referred to as the classic of Polish modernity. The exhibition presents one of the specific aspects of the painter's interests - the line.

This theme has been present in the artist's work for decades, starting from the 1960s, when the line was used to set the directions of light.

In the 1970s and 90s, his lines were designed to determine different fields of colour. His paintings of the 1980s and 90s show white "paths" which the artist delineated with mathematical precision against dark backgrounds, During the following two decades this "energy" became weakened, as Gierowski began to use greys or even abandoned black in favour of examining tensions between black and white in vibrating colourful spaces.

 

Stefan Gierowski, Painting CCCXLII, 1975, oil on canvas, 110 x 110 cm

 

Stefan Gierowski, Painting DCCXVI, 1997, oil on canvas, 161 x 130 cm

 

Stefan Gierowski, Painting DCCCXC, 2011, oil on canvas, 92 x 92 cm

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Stefan Gierowski in his studio, 2010, fphot by Włodzimierz Wasyluk_Reporter, from Internet

Stefan Gierowski was born on 21 May, 1925 in Częstochowa. In 1945-48, he studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków in the departments led by Professor Karol Frycz and Zbigniew Pronaszka. At the same time, he graduated from art history at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków, where he studied under Wojsław Mole. In 1949, he moved to Warsaw. In 1956-1961, he collaborated with Marian Bogusz and Galeria Krzywe Koło. In 1961, he became a lecturer at the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts, where in 1975-1981 he was the dean of the Faculty of Painting. In 1983, he was appointed Rector Elect by the Senate of the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts. In 1986-1988, he was the chairman of the Council for Higher Artistic Education and a member of the Main Council of Higher Education. In 1986 he received the title of Full Professor.

The artist lives and works in Konstancin near Warsaw.

The exhibition has been prepared in cooperation with the Stefan Gierowski Foundation.

The exhibition runs from 6 April to 13 May, 2018.

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See a short video created by Marzanna Grdeń for a TV programme TVP Bzik Kulturalny; available at  Culture.pl 2011/12/14: Bzik Kulturalny: Stefan Gierowski >>

More about the artist in an essay by Ewa Gorządek and on Culture.pl >>

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