Richard Anuszkiewicz, a pioneering practitioner of Op Art in the United States before that perception-altering style was even given a name in the 1960s, died on May 19 at his home in Englewood, N.J. He was 89. Anyone’s who’s seen my geometric abstract works has seen the undeniable influence that Anuszkiewicz has had on my work. His pioneering work that combined mathematics with color composition into a sublime style that was both complex and simple, enigmatic and solvable. When I began making art primarily in a digital medium, I found that I could emulate his style, and use it to springboard into new areas of expression. For the month of June, Monday Morning Art will feature new works by me, inspired by the work of Richard Anuszkiewicz.

Today’s piece is called “Layers,” and it’s a purely digital creation that basically just takes one pattern that’s been warped a bit and lays it over another set of static lines. I like the depth and disorientation this may cause.

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Meanwhile, Monday on The AIR, we have a special marathon of Curtain Call from 7 AM to 3 PM. These eight episodes of Mel Larch’s weekly salute to the best of musical theater focus on legends like Hal Prince, Jerry Herman, Andrew Lloyd Webber, and the marathon concludes with the recent three-part salute to Stephen Sondheim. Curtain Call can be heard weekly every Wednesday at 3 PM, with replays throughout the week, and even a couple of marathons.

Later today we’ll have day two of our guide to VirtuALL FestivALL, with updates on today’s events, a video throwback and more of our Monday Morning Art Exhibit.

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