Roman Opałka

Roman Opałka
OPALKA 1965/1-∞, Detail: 1299898-1303227
ca. 1974
Pen and ink on wove paper.
13 x 9 3/8 inches (33 x 23.8 cm)
Gift of Wendy and Stanley Sloan.
Wendy and Stanley Sloan.

A leading conceptual artist, Opalka devoted most of his life to a single project, launched in 1965, entitled "1-[infinity symbol]" (one to infinity). Beginning with the number one in the upper left corner of a black canvas, he painted small consecutive numbers in white pigment across the surface covering it from edge to edge in thin horizontal rows. He continued the numerical series on subsequent canvases, all of the same size. Each painting is considered a “detail” of the whole project, which amounts to a visualization of the passage of time. When travelling, Opalka would keep working on the series by producing “drawings” such as the present ones, which he called "Cartes de voyage."

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