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Kosciuszko Projects Unveils Its First Exhibition: The Many Faces of Tamara de Lempicka (1898–1980)

Kosciuszko Projects is a new cultural initiative presenting masters of Polish art in New York. The inaugural exhibition is on view from October 11 to November 1, 2019.

Portrait of Kizette Adult I, oil on canvas, 27 x 22 cm, circa 1954  ©2019 Tamara de Lempicka Estate/ADAGP, Paris/ARS, New York.  ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Internationally known as an Art Deco Diva and Queen of the Modern, Tamara de Lempicka is identified with her luminous nudes and portraits of the wealthy and beautiful. Her artistic talents, however, were as important as her outstanding social skills and fashion sense. This adeptness allowed her to make appearances at the right place, at the right time. She was impressive, attractive, women who exuded energy and boldness. This intimate exhibit presents a glimpse into the “de Lempicka phenomenon” as it has come to be known since her critical re-evaluation began in 1972. It examines why her artistic practice might be even more relevant today in the age of Social Media and Instagram.

The exhibition showcases de Lempicka’s paintings and drawings while documenting her life for the first time in New York in nearly sixty years. As Agnieszka Morawinska notes in her text for the exhibition, “this is significant, as after the period of furor around her art in the 1920s, we may now consider the artist’s work from the second half of her life, when she found herself beyond the time and place with which she is most closely associated and which she co-created.”

“Only now, nearly one hundred years after the artist’s debut, are we able to evaluate the work and artistic stature of Tamara de Lempicka in twentieth-century art, and not only her, but also the wave of women who overcame barriers in access to arts education and to independent careers.”

Media inquiries: Bartek Remisko  — [email protected]

The Many Faces of Tamara de Lempicka (1898 – 1980)  has its grand opening weekend from Friday, October 11 through Sunday, October 13 and is on view through November 1, 2019, at the Kosciuszko Foundation (15 E 65th Street, New York, NY 10065 ). The Kosciuszko Projects is open Monday – Friday from 12 – 6 pm. It is free and open to the public. This show is curated by the Artistic Director Bartek Remisko.

For more information, visit www.thekf.org/kf/many-faces-of-tamara-de-lempicka/ or their facebook page.