Tadasky (Tadasuke Kuwayama)

Tadasky (Tadasuke Kuwayama) was born in Nagoya, Japan... He came to the US on a student visa in 1961 and attended the Art Students League in New York City and later the Brooklyn Museum of Art School. Since the 1960s, Tadasky’s work has been identified with the Op Art movement. His first solo exhibition was held at the Kootz Gallery in NYC in 1965. That same year his work was included in the Museum of Modern Art’s groundbreaking exhibition, The Responsive Eye, and the museum acquired 2 of his paintings for their permanent collection. Tadasky’s work was also included in the Albright-Knox Art Gallery’s 1965 exhibition, Kinetic and Optic Art Today. Tadasky’s work is found in numerous private and public collections, ....

Throughout Tadasky’s career, the circle has been his primary subject as he explored numerous approaches to painting and applying color to canvas. In addition to circles comprised of perfectly and colorfully painted stripes, Tadasky has painted his famous stripes on narrow rectangular and large triangular-shaped canvases, but he always returned to the circular compositions. His paintings from the 1960s were complex, hard-edged circular stripes of bright colors that created pulsating and vibrating optical effects. Later the edges of the circles became broken and uneven, more painterly and less defined. Later still, the circles themselves became more atmospheric, diffuse and ethereal. Since 2007, Tadasky has reintroduced optical effects by infusing his atmospheric circles with brightly colored drips of paint that activate the surface and create a three-dimensional illusion as though the circles bulge out of the picture plane. As Donald Kuspit noted, the circles are pure modern abstractions, yet the combination of the brightly colored concentric rings centered in the square canvas is reminiscent of mandalas, invoking a spiritual connotation; a Zen sensibility."
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Suzan Hamer


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