Laźnia Centre For Contemporary Art, Gdańsk, Poland
July 13 – November 13, 2019
One of the most appealing things about Franciszka Themerson’s work is the seriousness of execution infused with playful humor. With a wink and a nod, graphic, narrative drawings that slyly comment on people and society exhibit Themerson’s master use of line. Depth, however, is more often found in thickly layered paintings with a textural tension that pulls between figurative and abstract, inviting the formation of our own storylines. The exhibition, which includes work from the 1950s and 1960s, affirms the power of art that brings both introspection and joy and argues for wider recognition of Thermerson’s work in the US.