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Poland's honored but forgotten master in posthumous but lively retrospective

Tuesday, July 12, 2005 - Friday, September 16, 2005
Opening reception:Sat., Jul. 30, 7-11 PM

Varnish Fine Art
77 Natoma Street (bet'n 1st & 2nd St.), San Francisco, CA
Hours: Tue-Fri 11 AM - 11 PM, Sat 1-5 PM

Varnish Fine Art presents over 100 works in bronze and other media by the contrarian and obstinate master craftsman Stanislaw Szukalski (1893-1987) in a show running two months and filling both floors of the gallery. With famously characteristic immodesty, Szukalski considered himself "without antecedent or influences", while managing, according to his admirers, to fuse the movement and energy of Futurism, the emotion of Impressionism, and the geometric configurations of Cubism into a single poetic form. He is quoted as saying, "I put Rodin in one pocket, Michelangelo in the other and I walk towards the sun". Indeed once long ago he was officially proclaimed Poland's "greatest living artist", but for half a century he lived in obscurity in L.A., his work completely forgotten until a handful of Los Angelenos, including Leonardo di Caprio, discovered this curmudgeonly genius and brought some of his spellbinding sculpture back to light in a show at the Laguna Art Museum in 2000. Varnish Fine Art now presents the first full Szukalski retrospective in many decades.

"Thanks in part to George DiCaprio and his celebrity son Leo's championship of cult sculptor Stanislav Szukalksi, the Polish artist's momentous bronze works take center stage this month" - 7X7 Magazine

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