Barbara Januszkiewicz

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.Original short description: "American painter"

Template:Use mdy dates Barbara Januszkiewicz is an American, Washington, D.C. based, artist[1] best known for her neo color field paintings.



Januszkiewicz's painting is informed by her interest in the overlap of the vocabularies of visual art and music. She works in water media: watercolor and acrylic.[2] She has worked in watercolor and, in the manner of Helen Frankenthaler, in dilute acrylic on unprepared canvas.[3]Template:R She was mentored by Washington Color School artist Paul Reed[4] and her style incorporates elements of Color Field painting and of Abstract Expressionism.[5]


Januszkiewicz made a television documentary about a traveling roadshow from Boston called Museum of Bad Art.[no citations needed here] Another documentary, Remembering The Present, was filmed in the Kreeger Museum in Washington, D.C.,[6]Template:Failed verification in July 2000.

In 2013 Januszkiewicz embarked on historical research for a documentary film titled "Unprimed Canvas".[7] Paul Reed acted as a historical consultant for the film.[8] This ongoing documentary project on the Washington Color School led her to request access to the Melzac Collection, the CIA's so-called "secret" collection of works of abstract art, in 2016, which she received.[1] In 1997 she interviewed Hilda Thorpe.[9]

Selected exhibitions

Januszkiewicz' solo exhibit "Color Riffs" was presented at the McLean Project for The Arts in 2015.[10] In 2018 her solo show "Acoustic Fields" exhibited at the Martha Spak Gallery[3] and her solo "Nitty Gritty" ran at the Arts Club of Washington.[11]Template:Better source needed


In 2017 she opened a gallery space, Metro Micro Gallery, with a grant from Arlington County.[12]

In 1999 Januszkiewicz won an Arts Council of Fairfax County award.[13]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Dunne, Carey (October 20, 2016). "A Visit to the CIA’s “Secret” Abstract Art Collection". Hyperallergic. Retrieved 12 December 2018. 
  2. "cove Hosts Art Reception Featuring Art Activist and Painter Barbara Januszkiewicz". DC Style Is Real. April 25, 2015. Retrieved 12 December 2018. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 Jenkins, Mark (June 8, 2018). "In the galleries: Roving photographers capture street scenes around the world". The Washington Post. Retrieved 12 December 2018. 
  4. Coplan, Tina (April 10, 2016). "New Direction: As she shifts her artistic focus, painter Barbara Januszkiewicz rediscovers the power of color". Home and Design. Retrieved 12 December 2018. 
  5. Mark Jenkins (October 16, 2015). In the galleries: Melding sound and art. Washington Post. Archived October 17, 2015.
  6. "Upcoming Programs". The Kreeger Museum. 
  7. Carberry, Elizabeth (October 19, 2015). "Barbara Januszkiewicz Color Riffs — A Passion for Color". East City Art. Retrieved 12 December 2018. 
  8. "Paul Reed Last Washington Color School Painter Dies Age 96". Artlyst Ltd.. October 2, 2015. Retrieved 12 December 2018. 
  9. Barbara Januszkiewicz (2000). Hilda Thorpe, in her own words. Washington Review XXV, June/July 2000.
  10. [editorial team] (October 7, 2015). Color Riffs by Barbara Januszkiewicz. East City Art. Accessed December 2018.
  11. Tamia Mallory {March 22, 2018). Women to Watch: An Arlington gallery owner, Leesburg branding strategist and Springfield delegate. Northern Virginia Magazine. Accessed December 2018.
  12. Lewis, Nicole (November 18, 1999). "Honors and Awards". Washington Post. Retrieved 13 December 2018. 

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