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'Old Masters, New Masters' Exhibit

Thursday, November 19, 2015

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The Kosciuszko Foundation is honored to offer in exhibit eight paintings by Maria Hagadus, a small representation of her more than two hundred works over six decades. The selections challenge the viewer with their inspiration, power, and emotional impact.

Maria was born in Lodz, Poland, before World War II, and came to the United States in 1945.  The "War Years" through which she lived as a young girl, and the long postwar era of Poland's political and artistic isolation, deeply affected her artistic sensitivities. Some of her most powerful paintings in this exhibit reflect these influences.  Her WORDS are her translations of Polish poetry, and they spur the IMAGES that follow.

Maria studied formally at the Fleisher Art School in Philadelphia, and later was both student and teacher with New York artists B. Shirley Carter and Anthony Toney.  She founded "Maria HagadusStudio Gallery" in Bedford Hills, NY, where she introduced young Polish artists, many of whom have since gained international recognition, to the American artistic world.  She has exhibited in juried group and one-man shows throughout the world, and her paintings are part of private collections.

Among her many talents, she was a renowned translator of Polish poetry, prose and theater, and she appeared in Off Broadway productions of the avant-garde director, Robert Wilson. 

Alexander Motyl (b. 1953, New York) studied painting with Leon Goldin in Columbia University in the early 1970s. Motyl's artwork has been shown in solo and group shows in New York, Philadelphia, Westport, and Toronto and
is part of the permanent collection of the Ukrainian Museum in New York and the Ukrainian Cultural Centre in Winnipeg.

Motyl paints with acrylics and emphasises the interplay of form and color in both his abstract and representational paintings. In 2014-2015, he completed three satirical representations of Russian President Putin--one
of which is on display at the Kosciuszko Foundation.

Motyl is also the author of eight novels, Whiskey Priest, Who Killed Andrei Warhol, Flippancy, The Jew Who Was Ukrainian, My Orchidia, Sweet Snow, Fall River, and Vovochka, and a forthcoming collection of poetry,
Vanishing Points. He teaches at Rutgers University-Newark and is the author of six academic books, numerous articles, and a weekly blog on "Ukraine's Orange Blues" on Motyl lives in New York City.

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