In the Mind's Eye

The Reimagined Forms of Nicholas Krushenick

Utilizing flat, bright, primary colors and bold black lines to create his signature “pop-abstract” compositions, Nicholas Krushenick carved out a niche for himself that straddled the pop, minimalist and abstract-expressionist movements. His hard-edged works with titles tending toward the glib relied heavily on his imagination and in a 1968 interview with the Archives of American Art, he stated of his process, “I think you see things that register into your memory back in a certain way, whether it be a yellow banana on a fruit stand... and in another way you pick that up later from something you’ve remembered.” While working out a new composition, Krushenick would recall something he had seen and then put it to canvas in its new, altered state, the way the image appeared in his memory. This work presented in this lot shows a reimagined, though not unrecognizable, map of the town of Maxatawny, a part of Berks County, Pennsylvania located approximately an hour and a half from New York City, where Krushenick lived and worked.