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VARNISH FINE ART MAY 5- JUNE 2, 2012

I Put Rodin in one pocket, Michelangelo in the other, and I walk towards the sun


Varnish Fine Art is pleased to present Szukalski, a solo exhibition of works by the forgotten master artist, Stanislav Szukalski. The show includes Szukalski’s bronze sculptures plus never before exhibited 2-D works, including original conté and pen & ink drawings. Hailed as an artistic genius from the age of six and lauded as Poland’s “Greatest Living Artist,” Szukalski lived in relative obscurity and varying levels of poverty after the Siege of Warsaw in 1939 led to the destruction or confiscation of most of his works. He returned to the US and lived a life in service to his artistic passions and a belief in the essential nobility of “man” that infused his works until his death in 1987.


“I put Rodin in one pocket, Michelangelo in the other, and I walk towards the sun.� -- Szukalski


Struggle

1917 Cast Bronze Edition of 9 10 x 9 x 19� $39,000


Ant et es mintur, quidios culparcid mod ullecturitem quunt aut optionseque molorepudis kkIn Szukalski, the artist’s never before seen two-dimensional works are available to the public for the first time as well as his masterful large and small bronze sculptures. Over his lifetime, Szukalski studied other cultures and took a hard look at his own, developing a theory (some say pseudo-science) of the origins and history of modern day civilization called “Zermatism” on which he wrote and illustrated 42 volumes. Szukalski’s unorthodox perspectives and “inconvenient opinions” fused with his technical skills as a sculptor and draughtsman make for beautifully confrontational sculptures and drawings of uncommon passion and thoughtfulness. A review of his 2001 retrospective in the Los Angeles Times noted “As a man and an artist he thrived on bold gestures… his work aspires to the monumental, regardless of the physical scale… “

Frozen Youth

Cast Bronze Edition of 9 24 x 9 x 20” $22,200


Imploration (a.k.a.-A Plea) 1914 Cast Bronze 12 x 12 x 38” $21,600

Ant et es mintur, quidios culparThe late screenwriter Ben Hecht described Szukalski as “starving, muscular, aristocratic and smoldering with disdain for lesser beings than himself.” This personal confidence and (failure?) to compromise resulted in a “cultural gag order” that would effectively deny him entrée and acceptance into the Art World and ensured his genius not be recognized by any but the most ardent admirers of his strong will and exceptional talents, in spite of his questionable prejudices and ideologies. Varnish Fine Art is proud to be one of the few exhibiting galleries for Stanislav Szukalski. Seated Maiden

Cast Bronze Edition of 35 6 x 6 x 9” $3,000


Landscape Painter As Cloud Picker

Eva

Cast Bronze Edition of 30 3x2 $225

1952 Conté on Paper 30 x 38” $15,000

Heavenly Nurse

Cast Bronze Edition of 25 3 x 2.5” $225

$225


Stuttering Philosopher

1915 Cast Bronze Edition of 25 4 x 5 x 12” $3,000

Copernicus Tower

Limited Edition Print 26 x 20” Signed $600


Atlantea

Cast Bronze Edition of 9 18 x 13 x 22” $40,000

, #7/9 18 x 13 x 22” $40,000.00

AnA retrospective of Szukalski’sAtlantea

(a.k.a. Man and Thought)

She is sitting on the horizon with her head in the clouds, gigantic yet beautiful. She grieves over her deluge Metropolis, which perished beneath the seas, and over the vanished attainments of her Culture and Civilization which are lost to human history. Man, riding on the back of a snail, looks up to Atlantea and can only offer her... a snake.


Gammadion Plow Ink on Paper 17 x 21” $3,500

Krak, Carried Away

Cast Bronze Edition of 12 6 x 8 x 10” $5,500

Labor

1916 Cast Bronze 18 x 6 x 16” $18,000


Gaul with Stag Head 1973 Conté & Ink on Paper 26 x 32” $15,000

White Horse

Cast Bronze Edition of 60 6 x 3 x 4” $2,600


Copernicus

1971 Limited Edition Print 18 x 19” Signed $600

Beware of Subhuman Revolutions Cast Bronze Edition of 12 9” round $2,400

Copernicus Cast Bronze Edition of 12 10” round $2,400

Perfidious Angloamerican Duplicity Cast Bronze Edition of 12 10” round $2,400


Solzhenitsyn Cast Bronze Edition of 6 10” round $2,400

Humans Ensnared Cast Bronze Edition of 12 8” round $1,200

Katyn Medallion Cast Bronze Edition of 100 3” round $225

Adam Mickiewicz Cast Bronze Edition of 40 8” round $2,400


Monument for Warsaw Heros 1958

Pen & Ink on Paper 21 x 17� $4,000


Chelmno

1954 Pen & Ink on Paper 21 x 17” $3,000

Erin Go Brata Cast Bronze Edition of 40 7.5” round $1,200

Gammadion Lecture Hall

Giclee Print on Archival Paper Edition of 12 35 x 30” $450

Polish Eagle Cast Bronze Edition of 6 5” round $1,200

Menora

Cast Bronze Edition of 12 5.5 x 6.25” $1,200


Argus

Zermatism Series Pen & Ink on Paper 19 x 15” $1,800

Norway

Zermatism Series Pen & Ink on Paper 22 x 18” $900

Lioness Ko

Zermatism Series Pen & Ink on Paper 12 x 15” $800

India

Zermatism Series Pen & Ink on Paper 13 x 17” $1,000

Krak Slaying the Dragon Zermatism Series Pen & Ink on Paper 19 x 15” $1,500


Mayan Chichen Itza Zermatism Series Pen & Ink on Paper 19 x 15” $1,500

Etruscan (small)

Zermatism Series Pen & Ink on Paper 19 x 15” $1,500

Cecora 1927

Mayan Oce-On

Zermatism Series Pen & Ink on Paper 19 x 15” $1,500

Etruscan Italy

Zermatism Series Pen & Ink on Paper 21.5 x 17.5” $1,200

Cast Bronze Edition of 9 Cast in Poland 8 x 8 x 16” $17,000


Nearsolar Epoch

Graphite & Ink on Strathmore Paper 21 x 31” $5,000

Mooncore

Conté & Ink on Paper 20 x 26” $4,500

Head of Yaltantal 1945 Cast Bronze Edition of 35 4 x 4 x 4” $2,000

Dyeprint Transfer

Giclee Print 24 x 28” $600


Merman

Cast Bronze Edition of 6 4 x 5 x 5” $5,500

Frog

Cast Bronze Edition of 50 3 x 1.5” $300

Rybogini of Gidle 1975 Conté on Paper 28.25 x 27” $12,500

Arm of Twilight

1915 Cast Bronze Edition of 6 9.5 x 4.25 x 3.25” $3,000


Defense

1929 Cast Bronze Edition of 9 14 x 20 x 30” $32,000

Fallen Angel

Cross

Giclee Print on Archival Paper 20 x 26” $200

Zermatism Series Ink on Paper 20 x 13” $900


Struggle

Signed Photograph (printed from original glass negative ) 22 x 18” $1,700

Echo

Signed Photograph (printed from original glass negative ) 20 x 16.25” $1,400

Szukalski in Studio Giclee Print on Archival Paper 20 x 13” $150

Szukalski in Park

Giclee Print on Archival Paper 13 x 17” $150

Annunciation

Signed Photograph (printed from original glass negative ) 25 x 19” $1,400


Stanislav Szukalski (1893-1987) fused the movement and energy of Futurism, the emotion of Impressionism and the geometric configurations of Cubism into a single poetic form referred to as “Bent Classicism.” Szukalski left 1920’s Chicago to return to his native Poland where he was recognized by the Ministry of Art as the country’s “Greatest Living Artist.” The ravages of World War II destroyed much of Szukalski’s artwork, thus laying the groundwork for his fall into obscurity and return to the United States. By the time the artist was rediscovered in southern California in 1972 by publisher Glenn Bray, a large and masterful body of work had been created and many works were later found in post-war Poland. A retrospective of Szukalski’s works was exhibited at the Laguna Art Museum in 2001 under the patronage of Glenn Bray and the DiCaprio Family. A solo show, The Self-Born, was exhibited at Varnish Fine Art in 2005, and his work was featured on the cover of Juxtapoz magazine the same year. His works are on permanent display at the Polish Museum of America in Chicago and the Polish National Museum in Warsaw and are in numerous private collections.


Š2012 Varnish Fine Art & Archives Szukalski Directors: Jen Rogers & Kerri Stephens Photography: Jeff Vaughn, Gaby Wehn, Kerri Stephens Layout/Design: Kerri Stephens Published in the USA Varnish Fine Art 16 Jessie St., #C120 San Francisco CA 94105 (415) 433-4400 www.varnishfineart.com


SZUKALSKI: Sculpture, Original Drawings and Prints