Tadasky has used the circle as his compositional framework throughout his career for exploring color relationships with concentric rings of pigment. Through most of the 1960s the compositions were comprised of hard edge bands of color. In the late 60s, he began to push the edges of the borders by applying thick pigment and letting it diffuse on one side of an outer ring of color, as seen in G4 above. Later, the edges were pushed further with ethereal airbrushed rings of pigment and then by incorporating small drops of color around the composition's outer periphery. This presentation examines the range of painting techniques Tadasky used to study the impact of the precise edge, thickness and complexity of borders in his E, G, J, M and N series from the late 1960s through 2011.
Tadasky, born Tadasuke Kuwayama in Nagoya, Japan in 1935 has lived and worked in New York since 1961. He had numerous solo exhibitions at both the Kootz Gallery and legendary Fischbach Gallery in New York. His paintings were included in the seminal Op art exhibitions, The Responsive Eye, 1965, MoMA, New York and Kinetic and Optical Art Today, 1965, Albright-Knox, Buffalo, NY, as well as more than 35 other group exhibitions. Most recently, his paintings have been included in Optic Art: Perceptual Art of the 1960s, 2007, Columbus Museum of Art, curated by Joe Houston. Tadasky’s work is included in the permanent collections of Museum of Modern Art, New York; Albright-Knox, Buffalo, NY; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX; Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH; Museum Art Center, Buenos Aires, Argentina; Gutai Pinacotheca, Osaka, Japan; Museum of Contemporary Art, Nagaoka, Japan; Ohara Museum of Art, Kurashiki, Japan, among others.
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