Nicholas Krushenick Prints

One of America’s premier Pop artists, Nicholas Krushenick’s work consists of geometric abstract motifs whose shapes were outlined in heavy black lines. In this regard his original prints were often compared to those of Pop Art co-horts Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol, but unlike these masters Krushenick avoided any imagery from commercial art. More than one critic termed the art of Krushenick as ‘Abstract Pop’.

Born 1929 in New York City, Nicholas Krushenick studied for two years at the Hans Hofmann School of Fine Art. Krushenick's hard-edged paintings of the late 1950's were prescient of the Pop Art movement. Predating Lichtenstein's "brushstroke" paintings, Krushenick's brash and cartoonish abstractions parodied Ab-Ex gesturalism, and during the '60s, he was considered one of the foremost practitioners of what some critics called "Abstract Pop." Krushenick's work is strongly two-dimensional, relying on large flat planes that make it especially compatible with the print medium. He produced a number of impressive prints, lithographs and silkscreens utilizing a color palette of extraordinarily vibrant ink colors. Krushenick's work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, among others.