Roman Opałka

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Roman Opałka was a French-born Polish painter who painted numbers. In 1965 he began painting a process of counting – from one to infinity. Starting in the top left-hand corner of the canvas and finishing in the bottom right-hand corner, the tiny numbers were painted in horizontal rows. When he died in July 2004; he reached the number 5607249 ! - See more at: http://now-be.tumblr.com/

Roman Opałka was a French-born Polish painter who painted numbers. In 1965 he began painting a process of counting – from one to infinity. Starting in the top left-hand corner of the canvas and finishing in the bottom right-hand corner, the tiny numbers were painted in horizontal rows. When he died in July 2004; he reached the number 5607249 ! - See more at: http://now-be.tumblr.com/

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Roman Opałka – twórca nieskończoności

Roman Opałka – twórca nieskończoności

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Opalka - Autoportraits

Opalka - Autoportraits

Roman Opalka (Autoportraits)

Roman Opalka (Autoportraits)

roman opalka

roman opalka

Roman Opałka, Dominique Lévy Gallery, Stand E3, photo Contemporary Lynx Report on Frieze Art Fair 2013 http://contemporarylynx.co.uk/?p=1915

Roman Opałka, Dominique Lévy Gallery, Stand E3, photo Contemporary Lynx Report on Frieze Art Fair 2013 http://contemporarylynx.co.uk/?p=1915

In 1965, in his studio in Warsaw, Roman Opałka began painting numbers from one to infinity. Each new canvas, which the artist called a ‘detail’, took up counting where the last left off. Each ‘detail’ is the same size, the dimension of his studio door in Warsaw. All details have the same title, “1965 / 1 – ∞”; the project had no definable end, and the artist pledged his life to it: ‘All my work is a single thing, the description from number one to infinity. A single thing, a single life.’

In 1965, in his studio in Warsaw, Roman Opałka began painting numbers from one to infinity. Each new canvas, which the artist called a ‘detail’, took up counting where the last left off. Each ‘detail’ is the same size, the dimension of his studio door in Warsaw. All details have the same title, “1965 / 1 – ∞”; the project had no definable end, and the artist pledged his life to it: ‘All my work is a single thing, the description from number one to infinity. A single thing, a single life.’

Roman Opałka Opalka 1965/1 - 8 10.10. - 07.12.2003 Atlas Sztuki Łódź

Roman Opałka Opalka 1965/1 - 8 10.10. - 07.12.2003 Atlas Sztuki Łódź

In 1965, artist Roman Opałka began painting ‘time’ from 1 to infinity. As he progressed, each canvas was lightened 1%, resulting in purely white-on-white pieces by 2007. The final number Opałka painted was on August 6, 2011, the day of his death: 5607249.

In 1965, artist Roman Opałka began painting ‘time’ from 1 to infinity. As he progressed, each canvas was lightened 1%, resulting in purely white-on-white pieces by 2007. The final number Opałka painted was on August 6, 2011, the day of his death: 5607249.

Roman Opałka

Roman Opałka

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