Roman Opalka: Painting ∞Exhibition

Roman Opalka: Painting ∞

Roman Opalka: Painting provides an overview of Opalka’s career, revealing his œuvre to be a grand metaphor for human existence and a deceptively restrained expression of the artist’s vitality and passion in the face of an unstoppable evaporation. The exhibition will present a key group of paintings (each titled Détails) from 1965 / 1 – , complemented by a selection of the artist’s related Self-Portraits photographs and audio recordings in which Opalka intones, in his native Polish, the numbers he is painting. The exhibition will also present antecedents to 1965 / 1 – ∞. Two rare Chronomes paintings of 1963 will be on view, as will the entire series of Opalka’s ten Etude sur le Mouvement works on paper from 1959-60. These works will be shown together with the Details for the first time in the United States.

Selected Works

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  • OPALKA 1965/1 - ∞,
    Détail - Photo 2787231
    ,
    9 7/16 x 12 inches (24 x 30.5 cm)

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  • Chronome No. 4,
    1963,
    Tempera on canvas,
    28 15/16 x 24 inches (73.5 x 61 cm)

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  • OPALKA 1965/1 - ∞,
    Détail 993460 – 1017875
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    Acrylic on canvas,
    77 3/16 x 53 1/8 inches (196 x 135 cm)

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  • OPALKA 1965/1 - ∞,
    Détail 4988006 -5006015
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    Acrylic on canvas,
    77 3/16 x 53 1/8 inches (196 x 135 cm)

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  • OPALKA 1965/1 - ∞,
    Détail - Photo 3685005
    ,
    9 7/16 x 12 inches (24 x 30.5 cm)

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  • OPALKA 1965/1 - ∞,
    Détail - Photo 4398226
    ,
    9 7/16 x 12 inches (24 x 30.5 cm)

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  • OPALKA 1965/1 - ∞,
    Détail - Photo 5055607
    ,
    9 7/16 x 12 inches (24 x 30.5 cm)

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  • OPALKA 1965/1 - ∞,
    Détail - Photo 5409634
    ,
    9 7/16 x 12 inches (24 x 30.5 cm)

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  • OPALKA 1965/1 - ∞,
    Détail - Photo 5455634
    ,
    9 7/16 x 12 inches (24 x 30.5 cm)

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  • OPALKA 1965/1 - ∞,
    Détail - Photo 5489936
    ,
    9 7/16 x 12 inches (24 x 30.5 cm)

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  • Etude sur le, mouvement,
    1959-1960,
    Ink on paper,
    34 x 25 x 1 inches (86.3 x 63.5 x 2.5 cm)

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  • Etude sur le, mouvement,
    1959-1960,
    Ink on paper,
    34 7/8 x 25 x 1 inches (88.6 x 63.5 x 2.6 cm)

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  • Etude sur le, mouvement,
    1960,
    Ink on paper,
    34 7/8 x 25 x 1 1/8 inches (88.6 x 63.5 x 2.8 cm)

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  • Etude sur le, mouvement,
    1960,
    Ink on paper, 34 7/8 x 25 x 1 1/8 inches (88.6 x 63.5 x 2.7 cm)

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  • Etude sur le, mouvement,
    1959-1960,
    Ink on paper,
    34 15/16 x 25 x 1 1/16 inches (88.7 x 63.5 x 2.7 cm)

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  • Etude sur le, mouvement,
    1960,
    Ink on paper,
    34 7/8 x 25 x 1 1/8 inches (88.6 x 63.5 x 2.8 cm)

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  • Chronome No. 2,
    1963,
    Tempera on canvas,
    24 x 24 inches (61 x 61 cm)

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  • OPALKA 1965/1 - ∞,
    Détail 1398918-1420223
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    Acrylic on canvas,
    77 3/16 x 53 1/8 inches (196 x 135 cm)

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  • OPALKA 1965/1 - ∞,
    Détail 2213199-0133858
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    Acrylic on canvas,
    77 3/16 x 53 1/8 inches (196 x 135 cm)

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  • OPALKA 1965/1 - ∞,
    Détail 2389630-2409346
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    Acrylic on canvas,
    77 3/16 x 53 1/8 inches (196 x 135 cm)

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  • OPALKA 1965/1 - ∞,
    Détail 3462537-3479346
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    Acrylic on canvas,
    77 3/16 x 53 1/8 inches (196 x 135 cm)

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  • OPALKA 1965/1 - ∞,
    Détail 1750249-1771723
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    Acrylic on canvas,
    77 3/16 x 53 1/8 inches (196 x 135 cm)

    OPALKA 1965/1 - ∞,
    Détail 1771724-1793883
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    Acrylic on canvas,
    77 3/16 x 53 1/8 inches (196 x 135 cm)

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  • OPALKA 1965/1 - ∞,
    Détail 5157847 - 5175777
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    Acrylic on canvas,
    77 3/16 x 53 1/8 inches (196 x 135 cm)

    OPALKA 1965/1 - ∞,
    Détail 5175778 - 5193062
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    Acrylic on canvas,
    77 3/16 x 53 1/8 inches (196 x 135 cm)

    OPALKA 1965/1 - ∞,
    Détail 5193063 - 5210330
    ,
    Acrylic on canvas,
    77 3/16 x 53 1/8 inches (196 x 135 cm)

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  • OPALKA 1965/1 - ∞,
    Détail 2806353-2828874
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    Acrylic on canvas,
    77 3/16 x 53 1/8 inches (196 x 135 cm)

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Publications

Selected Press

Art News | Reviews: New York

November 1, 2014

In 1965, the French-born Polish artist Roman Opalka (1931–2011) began his magisterial project 1965 …

Hyperallergic | Roman Opalka’s Numerical Destiny

October 6, 2014

In 1965, the French-born, Polish painter Roman Opalka came to an important decision. While sitting at …

The Culture Trip | Opalka’s Art and Life: Challenging the End of Time

October 3, 2014

French-born, Polish painter Roman Opalka was deeply concerned with the material capture of the intangible. …

art critical | Everything and Nothing At All: Roman Opalka Painting Infinity

September 22, 2014

Dominique Lévy supplies the back story to French-born Polish artist Roman Opalka with a show of works …

Artnet | David Ebony’s Top 10 New York Gallery Shows for September

September 22, 2014

1. Roman Opalka at Dominique Lévy, through October 18 “Roman Opalka: Painting ∞” is a rare US …

Artslant | Fade Into White: Roman Opalka's Infinity

September 22, 2014

The magnitude of entropy overcomes one who moves along the two floors of Dominique Lévy’s gallery, …

Art Observerd | New York- Roman Opalka: “Painting ∞” At Dominique Lévy Through October 18th, 2014

September 18, 2014

There’s any number of ways to approach Roman Opalka, whose work sits at the center of Dominique

TimeOut New York | The top five New York art shows this week

September 10, 2014

With an art scene as prominent and ever-changing as New York’s, you don’t want to miss these essential …

Artforum | There Goes the Neighborhood

September 10, 2014

EVERY YEAR, for the two weeks following Labor Day, the art and fashion worlds own New York. Runway shows …

New York Observer | At Lévy Gallery: The Obsessions of Roman Opalka

September 5, 2014

“I’m going to mark my words,” said dealer Dominique Lévy. “This exhibition is most probably …

Architectural Digest | Looking Back at Roman Opalka's Attempt to Paint Every Number

August 31, 2014

Some people count sheep. Some, calories. Others, pennies. The French-born Polish artist Roman Opalka …

Artslant | September in New York: Maneuver the mania

August 28, 2014

There is a shift in every August when this art critic’s inbox goes from near vacancy to nearly too …