Nicholas Krushenick

(1929 – 1999)


Nicholas Krushenick first developed his signature “pop abstract” style in the early 1960s. The loose geometries and web-like forms of his early paintings demonstrate his deliberate caricature of Abstract Expressionist “drips” or “skeins” into what more closely resemble details from cartoons. The high-keyed color, formal rigor, and sheer graphic intensity of his paintings set Krushenick apart from his contemporaries and it was this style that he explored through lithography while at Tamarind, creating images that remain remarkably fresh.

From 1957 to 1962, Krushenick, along with his brother, operated the now legendary Brata Gallery in Manhattan’s East Village. During the 1960s and 1970s, Krushenick had solo exhibitions at many of the most influential and prestigious galleries. His work is featured in the collections of over sixty major museums, including the Albright-Knox Art Gallery; the Baltimore Museum of Art; the Cleveland Museum of Art; the Dallas Museum of Fine Art; the Empire State Art Collection; the Grey Art Gallery, New York University; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Metropolitan Museum of Art; the Museum of Modern Art; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.; the Stedelijk Museum; the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond; the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; and the Whitney Museum of American Art.