Jungle Jim Lieberman (Primary Title)

Nicholas Krushenick, American, 1929 - 1999 (Artist)

acrylic on canvas
United States
Unframed: 82 × 72 in. (208.28 × 182.88 cm)
Not on view

These [works] sort of kick at you constantly. They won’t let go of you. I want them to do that. —Nicholas Krushenick

Krushenick’s bright colors, clean edges, and simplified forms resemble Pop Art, but his nonfigurative style is rooted in earlier works by Mondrian, Matisse, and Abstract Expressionism. Krushenick paints what has been called “caricatured pictorial space,” using an abstract, somewhat comic manner to create tensions among shapes, patterns, and colors. His interest in the optical effects of strong colors and hard edges anticipated Op Art of the 1970s. This painting, named for stock-car driver Jungle Jim Lieberman, conveys the excitement of the races.




Gift of Sydney and Frances Lewis
A Bicentennial Exhibition: American Art Today, University of Virginia Arts Museum, Charlottesville, VA, March 9 – April 30, 1976; Richmond Public Library, Richmond, VA, May 1976; Washington and Lee University, Leesburg, VA, May – June 1977

Contemporary American Paintings from the Lewis Collection, Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, DE, September 13 – October 27, 1974

Selections from the Lewis Collection: Twentieth Century Gallery Loan Exhibition, Botetourt Gallery, Earl Gregg Swem Library, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA, April 1970 
(Jaffe-Friede Gallery, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire); Purchased by Mr. and Mrs. Sydney and Frances Lewis, Virginia, in 1969; Gift to Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA), Richmond, Virginia in December of 1985.
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